Samir Khalaf

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Samir Khalaf is a Lebanese sociologist.[1]


He was born in Beirut on October 14, 1933. He is married to Roseanne Khalaf and has two children.[1] Khalaf has written extensively on the Arab world and on Lebanon in particular. The majority of themes in his work include sexuality in the Arab world, the Lebanese Civil War, Urbanization, and the role of the Protestant missionaries in the Levant. Until 2017, he was a professor of sociology at the American University of Beirut, and has also been a director of the Centre for Behavioural Research there since 1994. He retired in 2017, keeping a part-time teaching position at the University. [2] Khalaf received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut in 1955, and later his MA in Sociology in 1957.[1] Furthermore, he obtained an MA in Economics and Sociology in 1959, and PhD in Sociology in 1964 from Princeton University.[1]


  • Khalaf, Samir (1965), Prostitution in a changing society: a sociological survey of legal prostitution in Beirut, Khayats, p. 7
  • Khalaf, Samir; Kongstad, Per (1973), Hamra of Beirut: a case of rapid urbanization, BRILL, ISBN 978-90-04-03548-5
  • 1979 Persistence And Change In 19th Century Lebanon (AUB and Syracuse University Press).
  • 1987 Lebanon’s Predicament (Columbia University Press).
  • 1993 Beirut Reclaimed (Beirut: Al-Nahar Press).
  • 1993 (With Philip S. Khoury) Recovering Beirut (Leiden: E.J. Brill).
  • 2001 Cultural Resistance: Global Encounters In The Middle East (London: Saqi Books).
  • Khalaf, Samir (2002), Civil and uncivil violence in Lebanon: a history of the internationalization of communal conflict, Columbia University Press, ISBN 978-0-231-12476-8
  • 2002 Lubnan Fi Madar Al’Unf (Arabic Version of Civil and Uncivil Violence: Dar An-Nahar, 2002).
  • 2006 The Heart Of Beirut (London: Saqi Books).
  • Khalaf, Samir; Gagnon, John H. (2006), Sexuality in the Arab world, Saqi, p. 7, ISBN 978-0-86356-948-7
  • 2012 Lebanon Adrift: From Battleground to Playground (London: Saqi Books).