Edmund Ghareeb

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A photo of Edmund Ghareeb taken in 2010.
Edmund Ghareeb

Edmund Ghareeb (born March 26, 1942 in Aita al-Foukhar; Arabic: إدموند غريب‎) is a Lebanese-American scholar at the American University in Washington[1] and a professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.[2] He earned a BA from the American International College and an MA and a PhD from Georgetown University.[3]

Edmund Ghareeb is the first Mustafa Barzani Distinguished Scholar in Global Kurdish Studies at the American University in Washington, D.C., and introduced the first regular courses to be taught in the US on Kurdish history, politics and culture. For several years he coordinated the Middle East studies Program at American University. He has also taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in both Qatar and Washington, DC. He has written articles, chapters, and authored, edited or co-edited about 11 books and monographs dealing with the issues of Iraq, the Kurds, the Arabian Peninsula and the Fertile Crescent region, media coverage of the Middle East, new media and the technology revolution in the Arab world, and ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East

Dr. Ghareeb is one of the first media analysts to recognize the potential revolutionary and transformational roles to be played by New Media in the Arab world . This was presented in a paper delivered at the Aseelah Forum in Morocco and in two articles on the subject published by the Middle East Journal[4] and Bahithat [5] in 2000. His most recent work is a co-authored report entitled Iraqi Refugees: Their History, cultures and Background Experiences.[6] His most recent book is "The Historical Dictionary of Iraq." In 2005, Library Journal described the book as one of the best reference works published in the United States in 2004. A new edition of the Iraq Dictionary is close to completion. He has also authored "Split Vision: Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media" and is co-author of "War in the Gulf", recently issued in paperback by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ghareeb has lectured widely in the US, the Arab World and Europe. He has recently lectured in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Portugal. He has recently written articles about the Kurds, the Druze and Libya for "The Encyclopedia of World Politics and Religion", and was recently interviewed for several documentaries including: Al-Jazeera’s documentary on Kurdish leader Mulla Mustafa Barzani, Lucasfilm's upcoming documentary on Gertrude Bell, for a documentary on the history of the Arab American immigration to the US for the Voice of America, and was interviewed for a documentary on Arab Americans in the US for Alhurra TV.

Ghareeb is one of the most widely interviewed experts on topics related to Iraq, ethnic and religious identity in the Middle East, The Kurds, U.S. Foreign Policy and US relations with the Middle East, the Arab American press and other topics. He has been a regular commentator for the BBC Arabic Television and Radio since 1979, and for Egypt TV, Algerian TV, Abu-Dhabi TV and Al-Arabiyya TV, and has also been a commentator for Al Jazeera since its inception. He has been widely interviewed by the BBC World Service, TV and Radio Deutsche Welle, Russia Today, (Arabic and English), CCTV News, France 24, Radio Mediterranean International, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, ABC News, MSNBC, AP Television, NBC News, Fox TV and other media outlets.


  • Refugees from Iraq: Their History, Cultures, and Background Experiences. (With Donald Ranard and Jenab Tutunji). (The Center for Applied Linguistics' Cultural Orientation Resource Center, October 2008).
  • Historical Dictionary of Iraq (co-author). (Scarecrow Press, 2004). ISBN 0-8108-4330-7.
  • Al-Watan al-Arabi fi al-Siyassah al-Amrikiyyah {American Policies in the Arab World}. (Arab Studies Center, 2002).
  • Thawrat al-Ma’lumat fi al-'Alam al- Alam al-Arabi {The Information Revolution in the Arab World}. (Jenin Research Center, 2001).
  • Perspectives on the United Arab Emirates. (Trident Press, 1997).[7]
  • The Kurdish Nationalist Movement.
  • War in the Gulf, 1990-91: The Iraq-Kuwait Conflict and Its Implications (with Majid Khadduri).[7]
  • The Kurdish Question in Iraq (Syracuse University Press, 1981)[8]
  • Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media. (The Institute of Middle East and North African Affairs, 1977). (A new and expanded edition was published by the American-Arab Affairs Council in 1983.)[7]
  • Al-Harakah al-Qawmiyah al-Kurdiyyah {The Kurdish Nationalist Movement}. (Dar-al Nahar, 1973).[7]

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  1. ^ "Arab Media Forum Page on Dr. Edmund Ghareeb". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  2. ^ "Dr. Ghareeb's Faculty Bio at the Elliott School's Faculty Directory". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  3. ^ "Profile of Dr. Edmund Ghareeb at American University's School of International Service". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  4. ^ "New Media and the Information Revolution in the Arab World: An Assessment". 54. The Middle East Journal - Currently on JSTOR. Summer 2000: 395–418. JSTOR 4329508. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Edmund Ghareeb and Khaled Mansour (2000). "Arab Media at the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century". Bahithat. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  6. ^ "Iraqi Refugees: Their History, cultures and Background Experiences" (PDF). Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. October 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  7. ^ a b c d "Dr. Ghareeb's Profile Listed on American University's School of International Service's Center for Global Peace". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  8. ^ Catalog Information of "The Kurdish Question in Iraq" by Edmund Ghareeb. Retrieved 2012-03-21.