Rosemary Sayigh

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Rosemary Sayigh (born 1935 in Birmingham, United Kingdom) is a British-born journalist and scholar of Middle Eastern history. Sayigh is known for her works on the Palestinian people, particularly refugees from the Nakba who fled to Lebanon. Her son is fellow scholar Yezid Sayigh, after marrying Yusef Sayigh in 1953. She earned her MA from the American University of Beirut in 1970 and her PhD from University of Hull in 1994.

Sayigh was a journalist with the Economist until 1970, when she left due to disgust with "the Economist's uncritical, pro-American position on the Vietnam War".[1]

During the 2006 Lebanon War, Sayigh and her family were evacuated from their home in Beirut to Cyprus.[2]


She is the author of Palestinians: From Peasants to Revolutionaries; A People’s History (1979, Zed Books) and Too Many Enemies: The Palestinian Experience in Lebanon (1993, Zed Books).


  1. ^ Soukarieh, Mayssun (Summer 2009). "Speaking Palestinian: An Interview with Rosemary Sayigh". Journal of Palestine Studies. 38 (4): 12–28. JSTOR 10.1525/jps.2009.38.4.12. doi:10.1525/jps.2009.38.4.12. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Jenny (21 July 2006). "Safe in Cyprus, worried about home". BBC News. 

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