Hisham Sharabi PhD
14 January, 2005

Hisham Sharabi passed away on Jan. 13, at the American University of Beirut Hospital. He was 78 years old. He will be buried in Beirut, Lebanon, and the family will be accepting condolences in Beirut and Amman, Jordan.

Sharabi was born in 1927 in Jaffa, Palestine.  He earned a BA in Philosophy from the American University in Beirut.  He earned an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in History from the University of Chicago.  He has authored 18 books, and numerous articles and monographs.  He will be remembered as a dedicated and influential writer, and scholar.  He was a key figure in building viable institutions to promote awareness and understanding of the Arab world, and in particular Palestine.  ADC offers its deepest condolences to the Sharabi family.

Sharabi was a professor emeritus of European Intellectual History and was the Omar al-Mukhtar Professor of Arab Culture at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  He was the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies for 24 years. In 1975, he co-founded the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, the only academic center solely devoted to the study of the Arab World in the United States.  He also helped establish the Association of Arab-American University Graduates and in 1979, he founded the Arab-American Cultural Foundation.

In 1977, along with like-minded colleagues and friends, he founded The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development in Washington, D.C. The Fund's original mission was to provide scholarships to Palestinian university students for study in Israel, the West Bank, and abroad. In 1981, The Fund expanded its mission to provide direct assistance for the educational, cultural, health and community service institutions of Palestinian society.  Then in 1991, Dr. Sharabi and The Jerusalem Fund Board of irectors established the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP) to provide a much-needed Palestinian/Arab perspective to political, academic, and media establishments in Washington, D.C. and beyond. CPAP was later renamed the Palestine Center.

For more information please contact the Jerusalem Fund at: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) mourns the loss of Hisham Sharabi, Ph.D.  Sharabi passed away on Jan. 13, at the American University of Beirut Hospital. He was 78 years old. He will be buried in Beirut, Lebanon, and the family will be accepting condolences in Beirut and Amman, Jordan.


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