Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi

Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies

401 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5291
Email: rik2101@columbia.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 11am-1pm


D.Phil. — Oxford University 1974
B.A. — Yale University 1970

Interests and Research

Rashid Khalidi received his BA from Yale in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He is author of: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013); Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996); Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980); and co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991)


  • Modern Middle Eastern History
  • The United States, the Middle East and the Cold War
  • Islamic Movements in the Modern Middle East
  • Senior Seminar: Orientalism and the Historiography of the Other
  • Seminar: Modern History of Palestine
  • Seminar: Nationalism in the Arab World


  • Lionel Trilling Book Award for Brokers of Deceit, 2014
  • MEMO Palestine Book Awards, 2013: Academic Winner
  • Arab American National Museum Book Award for The Iron Cage, 2007
  • Lenfest Teaching Award, 2007
  • Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani Book Award, for Resurrecting Empire, 2004
  • Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani Book Award for Palestinian Identity, 1997

Selected Publications


British Policy towards Syria and Palestine 1906-1914: The Antecedents of the Hussein-McMahon Correspondence, the Sykes-Picot Agreements and the Balfour Declaration (1980)

Palestine and the Gulf: Proceedings of an International Seminar (co-editor, 1982)

The Origins of Arab Nationalism (co-editor, 1991)

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004)

The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006)

Sowing Crisis: American Hegemony and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009)

Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1997). Reissued with new preface (2010)

Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013)

Under Siege: PLO Decisionmaking During the 1982 War (1985). Reissued with new preface (2014)

Recent Scholarly Articles

"The Future of Arab Jerusalem." In Arab Nation, Arab Nationalism, 19-40. Edited by Derek Hopwood. Vol. 2, London: MacMillans/St. Antony's College, 2000.

"Intellectual Life in Late Ottoman Jerusalem." In Ottoman Jerusalem: The Living City, 1517-1917, 221-228. Edited by Sylvia Auld and Robert Hillenbrand. London and Jerusalem: British School of Archaeology and World of Islam Festival Trust, 2000.

"The Centrality of Jerusalem to an End of Conflict Agreement." Journal of Palestine Studies, 30, 3, no. 119 (Spring 2001): 82-87.

"The Palestinians and 1948: The Underlying Causes of Failure." In The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948, 12-36. Edited by Eugene L. Rogan and Avi Shlaim. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

"The Revolutionary Year of 1958 in the Arab World." In The Revolutionary Middle East in 1958, 181-208. Edited by Wm. Roger Louis. Washington, D. C. and London: Woodrow Wilson Press and I.B. Tauris, 2002.

"Arab Society in Mandatory Palestine: The Half-Full Glass?" In Histories of the Modern Middle East: New Directions, 229-246. Israel Gershoni, Hakan Erdem and Ursula Wokk, eds. Boulder: Lynne Reiner, 2002.

"Toward a Clear Palestinian Strategy." Journal of Palestine Studies, 31, 4, no. 124 (Summer 2002): 5-12.

"Concluding Remarks." In The British and French Mandates in Comparative Perspective, 695-704. Edited by Nadine Mouchi and Peter Sluglett. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

"The Past and Future of Democracy in the Middle East." Macalester International, 14 (Spring 2004), 3-17.

"Israel-Palestine: d'Oslo - la guerre contre le terrorisme: Entretien avec Rashid Khalidi." Politique Etrangere, 4/2004 (Winter 2004-2005): 729-741.

"Reform and Democracy in the Arab World: Historical Insights." Global Agenda, 3, January 2005: 238-241.

"After Arafat." London Review of Books, 27, 3, (3 February 2005): 16-18.

"Resurrecting Empire." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa & the Middle East, 25, 1, 2005, 1-6.

"A Research Agenda for Writing the History of Jerusalem." In Pilgrims, Lepers & Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem’s Cultural History, 12-27. Edited by Issam Nassar and Salim Tamari. Jerusalem: Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 2005

"The Place of the Middle East in the International System: From Vienna to Washington, 1815-2005." The Middle East: Challenge and Response. Bir Zeit: Bir Zeit University, 2005, 5-16.

"Resurrecting Empire: The End of Year II of the Occupation of Iraq." 2005 Farhat J. Ziadeh Distinguished Lecture in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle, 2005, 10 pp.

"Iraq and American Empire." New Political Science, 28, 1, March 2006, 125-135.

"Iraq and American Empire: Can Arab-Americans Influence Middle East Policy?" Emirates Lecture Series, No. 68. Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2007, 32 pp.

"International Law and Legitimacy and the Palestine Question." Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 30, 2 (Winter 2007) 173-180.

"The United States and Palestine." In The Future of Palestine and Israel: From Colonial Roots to Post-colonial Realities, 272-298. Edited by Aslam Farouk-Alli. Midrand, South Africa: Institute for Global Dialogue & Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2007.

"Foreward." In The War on Lebanon: A Reader, ix-xxiii. Edited by Nubar Hovsepian. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch, 2008.

“Edward Said and Palestine: Balancing the Academic and the Political, the Public and the Private.” In Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward Said, 44-52. Edited by Muge Sokmen and Basak Ertur. London: Verso, 2008.

“Anti-Zionism, Arabism and Palestinian Identity: ‘Isa al-‘Isa and Filastin.” In Configuring  Identity in the Modern Arab East, 83-96. Edited by Samir Seikaly. Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, 2009.

“La crise dans le système politique palestinien.” Politique Etrangère, 3 (2009) 1-13.

“The Treatment of the Palestine Question in Anglo-American Works since 1948.” Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filistiniyya, 21, 84 (2010) 42-53 [Arabic].

“Jerusalem: The history of the future.” In al-Quds: Tarikh al-mustaqbal [Jerusalem: History of the Future], xi-xviii. Edited by Issam Nassar. Ramallah: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2010.

“Hammam al-‘Ayn and the Social Fabric of the Old City of Jerusalem.” In Hamam al-‘Ayn over Six Centuries: Essays and Reminiscences of a Public Bath in Jerusalem’s Old City, 35-42. Edited by Emtiaz Diab. Jerusalem: Center for Jerusalem Studies, al-Quds University, 2011 [Arabic].

“Introduction.” Ibrahim Abu Lughod, The Arab Rediscovery of Europe, i-xi. Second edition, London: Saqi Books, 2011.

 “The Superpowers and the Cold War in the Middle East.” In The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics and Ideology, 157-176.  Edited by David Lesch and Mark Haas, 5th edition, Boulder: Westview, 2012.

“The 1967 War and the Demise of Arab Nationalism: Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” In The June 1967 War: Origins and Consequences, 264-284. Edited by Wm. Roger Louis and Avi Shlaim. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

 “1948 and after in Palestine: Universal Themes?” in Critical Inquiry special volume “Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation,” edited by Lisa Wedeen and Leela Gandhi, forthcoming, 2013.

“The Palestinian Press: Mirror, or Forge of the Nation, or Something Else?” in “A Hundred Years of Journalism: ‘Isa al-‘Isa and Filastin”edited by Noha Tadros Khalaf, Columbia University Middle East Research Center, Amman, forthcoming, 2013.


  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Conseil Scientifique, Ramses2, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, Aix-en-Provence
  • Member, Conseil Scientifique, Institut Méditérranean d'Études et Recherches Avancés, Marseille
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Board of Trustees, al-Quds University, Jerusalem
  • Member, Advisory Board, Bruno Kreisky Forum, Vienna
  • Member, Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East
  • Member, Editorial Board, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa & the Middle East