Fawaz Gerges

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Fawaz A. Gerges
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Nationality Lebanese
Spouse(s) Nora Colton
Academic background
Alma mater London School of Economics,
Oxford University
Academic work
Institutions Oxford University,
Harvard University,
Columbia University,
Princeton University,
Sarah Lawrence College,
London School of Economics
Main interests Muslim Brotherhood,
Al Qaeda

Fawaz A. Gerges (Lebanese pronunciation: [fawˈwaːz ˈʒeɾʒes]) is a Lebanese-American academic and author with expertise on the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy, international relations, Al Qaeda, and relations between the Islamic and Western worlds.

He is currently a Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds the Emirates Chair of the Contemporary Middle East at the LSE and was the inaugural Director of the LSE Middle East Centre.[1]


Fawaz A. Gerges, a U.S. citizen, was born to a Christian Orthodox family in Beirut, Lebanon. He earned an M.Sc. at the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Oxford University. He taught at Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia universities and was a research fellow at Princeton University for two years. He held the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College.[2]

In the last decade Fawaz A.Gerges spent five years conducting field research in several Middle Eastern countries on several topics and subjects, including social movements (such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and jihadist groups like Al Qaeda), on Arab and Muslim politics in the 20th century, and relations between the West and the Muslim world.

Fawaz A. Gerges is the author of numerous books and publications, including two recently acclaimed texts: Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (2007), and The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global (2009). The Washington Post selected The Far Enemy as one of the best 15 books published in the field. Journey of the Jihadist was on the best-selling list of Barnes & Noble and Foreign Affairs magazine for several months.

On the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, Oxford University Press released Fawaz A. Gerges' book, The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda [3] (2011). Fawaz A. Gerges' book, Obama and the Middle East [4] (May 2012) was published by Pelgrave Macmillan one year later.

He has appeared on television and radio networks throughout the world, including CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, the BBC and Al Jazeera. During the weeks leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, he was a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and The Charlie Rose Show.


Fawaz A. Gerges is married to Professor Nora Colton, Dean of the Royal Docks Business School and currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of East London. The couple have four children.

Fawaz A. Gerges was born during a Lebanese civil war in 1958 and was part of the 1975 war generation. According to Gerges, "My generation was wiped out—killed, mutilated and polluted by sectarian-tribal conflict between 1975 and 1990, or forced into exile."[5] Although he immigrated to the United States to escape the conflict, Gerges's younger brother, Bassam, was killed during the war in 1990. Gerges has lived most of his life in the United States.[citation needed]



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