Lawrence Davidson

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Lawrence Davidson
Lawrence Davidson (2016).png
Born (1945-06-21) June 21, 1945 (age 73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EducationB.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. University of Alberta
OccupationAuthor, Columnist, Editor, Professor
Notable work
  • Islamic Fundamentalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • Cultural Genocide. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Lawrence Davidson is a retired professor of history from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[1][non-primary source needed] He is the author of Islamic Fundamentalism, Cultural Genocide and has focused his academic research on American foreign relations with the Middle East.

Early life and education[edit]

Davidson was born to a secular Jewish household in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1945. He attended Rutgers University from 1963–1967 where he earned his bachelor's degree in history. While attending Rutgers, Davidson developed a leftist perspective regarding the problems facing the US in the 1960s.[citation needed]

In 1967, Davidson was accepted into Georgetown University Master's program where he studied modern European intellectual history under the Palestinian expatriate professor Hisham Sharabi.[citation needed] During his time at Georgetown University (1969–1970), Davidson became one of the founding members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Georgetown University at the height of the Vietnam War.[2][non-primary source needed][unreliable source?]

In 1970, with the breakup of the SDS, Davidson left the United States for Canada.[citation needed] He spent the next six years at the University of Alberta in Edmonton where he earned his PhD (1976) in modern European Intellectual history.

After returning to the United States in the mid 1970s, Davidson spent several years as an adjunct instructor at various colleges and universities, as well as working for a time as a middle manager at Alexian Brothers Health Systems Catholic hospital in St. Louis.[citation needed]Subsequently, he was contracted to write the history of Alexian Brothers’ oldest hospital. This led to his first book length work, The Alexian Brothers of Chicago (1990).[3][non-primary source needed]

In 1989, Davidson joined the faculty of history at West Chester University as a tenure track professor where he taught Middle East history, the history of science, and modern European intellectual history.[4][unreliable source?] He remained at this institution for 27 years and maintained a productive publishing record.[citation needed] He retired from WCU in May of 2013.[5]

Currently, Davidson writes for his Blog " To The Point Analyses" and is a contributing editor for Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture.[6] Davidson is a board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, alongside such notables as Hamid Dabashi, Ilan Pappé, Michel Shehadeh, and honorary advisory board member Desmond Tutu.[7]

Cultural Genocide (2012)[edit]

In 2012, Davidson wrote the book "Cultural Genocide". Davidson defines cultural genocide as the ‘purposeful destructive targeting of out-group cultures so as to destroy or weaken them in the process of conquest or domination.’[8][non-primary source needed]

Saudi Arabian–led intervention in Yemen[edit]

In September 2018, Iran's Press TV reported that Davidson "told Press TV that the Saudi-led coalition of aggressors is committing “slow genocide” against the Yemeni people, while the US keeps impeding any UN action on the situation. The United Nations faces “resistance” from the US and its European allies in support of the invaders, he added."[9]


  • Davidson, Lawrence. The Alexian Brothers of Chicago: An Evolutionary Look at the Monastery and Modern Health Care. New York: Vantage Press, 1990.
  • Davidson, Lawrence. Islamic Fundamentalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998.
  • Davidson, Lawrence. America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood. Gainesville, FL: U of Florida, 2001.
  • Davidson, Lawrence. Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest. Lexington: U of Kentucky, 2009.
  • Goldschmidt, Arthur, Lawrence Davidson, and Tom Weiner. A Concise History of the Middle East. Boulder, CO. : Westview Press, 2002.
  • Davidson, Lawrence. Cultural Genocide. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2012.


  1. ^ "What Drives US Policy Toward Israel?". CounterPunch. 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ Davidson, Lawrence. 1967. [Georgetown University Students for a Democratic Society papers].
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-06-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "US hindering any tangible UN action on Saudi war crimes in Yemen: Analyst". Press TV. 17 September 2018.

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