Hilal Khashan

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Hilal Khashan
Born March 15, 1951 (1951-03-15) (age 64)
Beirut, Lebanon
Education University of Florida
Florida State University
Occupation Professor and department chair
Palestinian-American scholar

Hilal Khashan (born 1951, Beirut, Lebanon) is a prominent Palestinian-American scholar of the Middle East, professor of political studies and department chair at the American University of Beirut.

He was a visiting professor at McGill University in 1997 and at the University of Virginia during the 2001-2002 academic year.

His research focuses on Middle Eastern regional security, with emphasis on the Gulf. He has also conducted extensive quantitative research on Islamic fundamentalism and religious activism.[1]

He has served on the editorial board of the Shi'a Affairs Journal since 2008 and was on the editorial board of the Middle East Quarterly from 1995 until 2002.

Khashan received his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in 1977. He received his M.A. in 1978 and his Ph.D. in 1980, both in the field of government from the Florida State University and under the supervision of Monte Palmer.

He is quoted in the international press as a commentator on Lebanese and regional politics.[2] In one of his recent publications, he analyzed the alliance between Hezbollah and Maronite leader Michel Aoun.[3] In a more recent article, he discussed Hezbollah's plans for Lebanon.[4]


  • Arab Attitudes Toward Israel and Peace. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Focus Series no. 40, 2000. Translated into Hebrew by Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2001.
  • Arabs at the Crossroads: Political Identity and Nationalism. University Press of Florida, 2000.
  • Partner or Pariah? Attitudes Toward Israel in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Study no. 41, 1996.
  • Inside the Lebanese Confessional Mind. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1992.
  • Monte Palmer, Mima Nedelcovych, Hilal Khashan, and Deborah Monroe. Survey Research in the Arab World. London: Middle East and North Africa Press, 1982.


  1. ^ http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/pspa/people/Pages/Khashan.aspx
  2. ^ http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=%22hilal+khashan%22&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
  3. ^ http://www.meforum.org/3310/lebanon-shiite-maronite-alliance
  4. ^ http://www.meforum.org/3534/hezbollah-lebanon

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