Mideast scholar Fouad Ajami dead at 68
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[June 23, 2014]
(Reuters) - Fouad Ajami, a prolific
writer who became one of the world's most prominent Middle East
historians, died on Sunday aged 68, Stanford University said.
Ajami, a Shiite Muslim who was born in Lebanon and emigrated to
the United States in 1963, died after battling cancer, said the
university's Hoover Institution, where he was a senior fellow.
The author of some 400 essays on Arab and Islamic politics, U.S.
foreign policy and contemporary international history, Ajami was
credited with research that charted the road to the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks on U.S. targets, the Iraq war and the U.S. presence in the
Arab-Islamic world, the statement said.
Ajami taught at Princeton and American University, and served as
director of Middle East studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of
Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University for more
than three decades.
A contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report and a board
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ajami was also a
familiar face on television news, including CNN, where he frequently
discussed Middle East issues.
"He was a great intellect and was full of grace and compassion,"
said CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Twitter. "He was a wonderful
scholar and a lovely human being."
Among honors Ajami secured over the decades were the National
Humanities Medal in 2006 and the MacArthur Fellows Award, which we
won in 1982.
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His books included "The Arab Predicament," "Beirut: City of
Regrets," "The Dream Palace of the Arabs" and "The Foreigner's
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Ron Popeski)
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