Said Aburish

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Said K. Aburish (Arabic: سعيد أبو ريش‎) (1 May 1935 - 29 August 2012) was a Palestinian-Egyptian journalist and writer.[1]

Born to a Palestinian father and Egyptian mother, Aburish attended school in Jerusalem and Beirut. He returned to Beirut in the 1950s as a reporter for Radio Free Europe and the London Daily Mail.


Over the years, Aburish has written extensively about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and his works on the subject include, Cry Palestine, Children of Bethany, and The Forgotten Faithful: The Christians of the Holy Land.

Aburish has written a trio of biographies regarding three of the most prominent Arab presidents, Nasser: The Last Arab, Arafat: From Defender to Dictator, and Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge. Aburish has also been a strong critic of the Saudi royal family, most notably in the book The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud.


  • Aburish, Said K.: Children of Bethany: The Story of a Palestinian Family, Indiana University Press 1988. ISBN 978-0-253-30676-0
  • Aburish, Said K.: Cry Palestine: inside the West Bank, Bloomsbury, London 1991. ISBN 978-0-7475-1005-5
  • Aburish, Said K.: The Forgotten faithful: the Christians of the Holy Land, Quartet, London, 1993. ISBN 978-0-7043-7036-4
  • Aburish, Said K.: Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud, Bloomsbury, London, 1994. ISBN 978-0-7475-1468-8
  • Aburish, Said K.: A Brutal Friendship: The West and the Arab Elite, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1997. ISBN 978-0-575-06275-7
  • Aburish, Said K.: Arafat: From Defender to Dictator, Bloomsbury Pub. Ltd. (UK), 1998. ISBN 978-1-58234-049-4
  • Aburish, Said K.: Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge, Bloomsbury Pub., New York, U.S.A., 1999. ISBN 978-1-58234-050-0
  • Aburish, Said K.: Nasser: the Last Arab, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, New York 2004. ISBN 978-0-312-28683-5


  1. ^ Lycett, Andrew (6 September 2012). "Said Aburish obituary | Books |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 

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