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American and Ottoman Civil Wars and the Question of Sovereignty in the Middle East


Institute For Middle East Studies

The George Washington University Department of History presents Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University.


  • Dr. Makdisi is the author of Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations,1820-2001 (2010), Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (2007), and The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon (2000). He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East.