Wadie Jwaideh

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Wadie Elias Jwaideh (1916 – 2001) was an Iraqi American professor of history and author.


Jwaideh was born in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, into an Arabic-speaking Christian family that later moved to Baghdad. In 1942 he received a Licentiate in Law from the University of Baghdad and in 1960 a Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. During this time, he also held a lecturer position in Arabic at Johns Hopkins University. After graduating he joined the faculty of Indiana University as a history professor, where he founded the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literature. He retired in 1985 and moved to San Diego where he was an adjunct professor of history at the University of California, San Diego until 1990.[1]

Jwaideh and the Kurds[edit]

His book “The Kurdish National Movement” has been selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2006. The book was published after 46 years of its first appearance as a Ph.D. thesis and it has been a significant source over the last half century. Scholars of Kurdish and Middle East history were aware of its significance and they had a great benefit of Jwaideh’s thesis for the next 46 years. Much thanks to Jwaideh’s work, and the increasing importance of Kurdish national movements in the Middle East, studies of the Kurds have advanced and Jwaideh’s work is still a very valuable reference.[2]


  • The Kurdish National Movement: Its Origins and Development: Syracuse University Press. 2004.
  • The Introductory Chapters of Yaqut's Mu'jam Al-Buldan by Yāqūt ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Ḥamawī / Wadie Jwaideh (Jan 1, 1959).
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern societies : a festchrift in honor of Professor Wadie Jwaideh
  • al-Idrīsī: [Chicago] Encyclopædia Britannica, 1974.
  • Wadie Jwaideh collection, Consists mainly of photocopies of British Foreign Office dispatches from the period between 1836 and 1924.[3]


  1. ^ "Wadie Jwaideh". Indiana University. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Kurdish National Movement Its Origins and Development by Wadie Jwaideh :: Syracuse University Press :: Syracuse New York". Syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  3. ^ "The Introductory Chapters of Yagut' s Mu'jam Al-Buldan". Worldcat.org. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 

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