web analytics
February 2, 2015 / 13 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Fouad Ajami, ‘Genuine Arab Hero,’ Dead at 68

Prof. Barry Rubin said much with few words: 'The problem with Middle East scholarship? Edward Said is treated like a guru and hero and Fouad Ajami isn't.'
Fouad Ajami, Middle East scholar, dead at 68.

Fouad Ajami, Middle East scholar, dead at 68.
Photo Credit: screen capture from MemriTV

Foaud Ajami, a prolific writer and a scholar of the Middle East and, in particular, Arab and Islamic policies, has died.

Ajami was born into a poor Shiite Muslim family in Arnoun, Lebanon in September of 1945. He emigrated to the United States in 1963, where he attended university. He taught at Princeton and then, in 1980, became director of the Middle East Studies at the international relations graduate program, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.

The winner of a MacArthur Prize in 1982, Ajami was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2006. He was an advocate of the Iraq war and an acerbic critic of U.S. President Barack Obama.

On the occasion of Israel’s 60th anniversary, Ajami rebuked his fellow Arabs for refusing to accept the existence of the Jewish State, choosing instead to inculcate their followers with the fervent desire and belief that Arab might would excise Israel from their midst like a boil. He wrote in U.S. News and World Report:

In its short history, Israel has held up a mirror for the Arabs, who have not liked what they have seen. In the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948, the paramilitary and volunteers of the new state turned back Arab armies. Although outgunned and outnumbered, the Jews prevailed. There was the embarrassment of the numbers. The population of the new state was a mere 650,000, while that of the surrounding Arab states was approximately 40 million. No Arabs had been prepared for what had unfolded: The war was thought to be a routine endeavor, the defeat of the Jewish state preordained. There were men of public affairs in these Arab states who knew better, but they hadn’t had the courage to tell the truth to the unsuspecting crowd.

Another Middle East scholar whom the world lost far too soon, Barry Rubin, summed it up this way:

You want to know what’s wrong with the study and analysis of the Middle East in the West in a single sentence? Ok, here it is:

Edward Said is treated like a guru and hero; Fouad Ajami isn’t.

Ajami was the co-chair of the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, he is the author of seven books on the Middle East and hundreds of articles.

Like Barry Rubin, Ajami succumbed to cancer. Ajami was 68.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Fouad Ajami, ‘Genuine Arab Hero,’ Dead at 68”

  1. June Getraer says:

    Unfortunately. people hear what they want to hear and the attention span devoted to these issues does not provide for an in depth analysis. "Leaders" are no exception.

    He was a thoughtful and percent friend of the USA.

  2. The comment from Mr. Karki needs to be removed; it is not appropriate for readers of the Jewish Press.

  3. I have always enjoyed listening to Fouad Ajami's comments.he made sense ,spoke wisely and will be missed
    Jacques Hadida
    San Diego

  4. I have always enjoyed listening to Fouad Ajami's comments.he made sense ,spoke wisely and will be missed
    Jacques Hadida
    San Diego

  5. He was a brave and brilliant man.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Handout photo of texted message sent by a fearful Christopher Cramer from Saudi Arabia before his death.
Saudis Hold Body of U.S. Elbit Subcontractor After Mysterious Death in Tabuk
Latest News Stories
Ron Dermer, Israel Ambassador to the United States.

Is Israel in deep trouble for rooting against the Seahawks?

Handout photo of texted message sent by a fearful Christopher Cramer from Saudi Arabia before his death.

A U.S. defense subcontractor for Elbit died mysteriously in Saudi Arabia on Jan 15. His body’s still held there.

IDF soldiers returning from Gaza in August 2014.

The IDF is working on how to lighten the load that must be carried by ground troops into battle.

Historic Jewish U.S. Civil War period restaurant tokens.

Two rare 150-year-old tokens issued by a kosher restaurant from the U.S. civil war period are to be shown this week in Jerusalem.

Likud party members charge opponents with receiving illicit funds and violating Israeli election laws.

A bust depicting former Israeli president Shimon Peres was placed next to sculptures of the former eight presidents in the garden of the President’s residence in Jerusalem, on February 01, 2015.

An IDF soldier is lightly wounded and an Egged bus damaged in an Arab rock attack in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Nursery and kindergarten teachers in Efrat learn self-defense techniques but hope they won’t need them.

The Prime Minister has declared Orbach temporarily absent from the Knesset for medical reasons.

Avigdor Liberman finally declared his political allegiances without the semantic games and ambiguity.

Another Israeli Arab falls into the ISIS trap, runs off to Syria and then comes home to be arrested.

Anti-Semitism is alive and well — and thriving — in London. It will get a boost on March 22, 2015.

Many families enjoy watching the Super Bowl together, but the halftime show makes them uncomfortable. This is a family friendly entertainment venue that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Fatah are big talkers, but you don’t see Arabs in the Palestinian Authority going without their Israeli products.

Carl Djerassi’s research led to the invention of oral birth control pills.

The US promptly condemned the “vicious” beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto on Saturday, noting its “own experience” with “this pain.”

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.

Likud party members charge opponents with receiving illicit funds and violating Israeli election laws.

A poster in Gaza showing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, shortly after Morsi's election in 2012.

Egypt bans and names Hamas as terrorist organization, Hamas says Egypt no longer broker between it and Israel

V15′s Bird was marinated in his former boss’s hatred of and blame-only Israel mindset.

Simultaneous explosions in Egypt killed and wounded dozens Thursday night.

ISIS threatens to behead Obama, turn the U.S. into a Muslim province, and destroy France and Belgium.

One American, a former Marine, dead in ISIS-affiliate’s terrorist attack on Libyan luxury hotel.

Chicago-style campaigning lands in Israel. Who and what is running this “non-partisan” campaign? Paging Lois Lerner!

Reports that Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion. Five Gitmo prisoners released for his freedom.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fouad-ajami-genuine-arab-hero-dead-at-68/2014/06/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: