Maher Charif

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Maher Charif (Arabic: ماهر الشريف, transliterated Mahir ash-Sharif) is a Palestinian Marxist historian specialising in modern Arab intellectual history and the history of Arab political movements. He is working as a lecturer and researcher on medieval, modern, and Arab history at the French Near East Institute in Syria.[1]

Charif, a Palestinian refugee resident in Syria, has been a member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian People's Party,[2] and is a frequent commentator on politics and society in Arab newspapers.

His works include:

  • Al-bahth 'an kiyan (The Search for an Entity), on the ideological evolution of Palestinian political movements
  • Filastin fi-l-arshif as-sirri li-l-komintern (Palestine in the Secret Archive of the Comintern)
  • Rihanat an-nahda fi-l-fikr al-'arabi (The Stakes of the Nahda in Arab Thought)
  • Tayar al-islah ad-dini wa-masa'irihi fi-l-mujtama'at il-'arabiyya (The Religious Reformist Current and its Future in Arab Societies) conference papers, co-edited with Salam al-Kawakibi.
  • Tatawwur mafhoum al-jihad fi-l-fikr al-islami (The Development of the Concept of Jihad in Islamic Thought)


  1. ^ "3rd World Forum on Human Rights: Programme". 3rd World Forum on Human Rights: 30 June – 3 July 2008. Retrieved 22 Mar. 2009.
  2. ^ "Les délégations étrangères" ("The foreign delegations"). L'Humanité. 11 September 1993. Retrieved 21 Mar. 2009. (French)

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