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Ibrahim Abu Lughod

Birth:1929

Death:2001

Scholar and campaigner. One of Palestine's leading academics and intellectuals who campaigned for his people around the world. Ibrahim was forced to leave Jaffa in 1948 with the establishment of Israel and came to the USA as a refugee. He did his PhD in Middle East studies from Princeton in 1957. He spent 34 years at Northwestern University, in Illinois, where he founded the Institute of African Studies and was professor of political science. He founded the Association of Arab-American University Graduates in 1968. Ibrahim held several UN consultancies. From 1977 to 1991, he was a member of the Palestine National Council, then Palestanians' parliament in exile. Ibrahim was a voracious and critical reader and also an author and an editor of a number of publications mostly on politics, history and education in Palestine and Arab world. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the third world, Arab culture, history and language, and the western tradition of rationalism and humane understanding. Ibrahim, a charismatic orator and a natural leader, was born in Jaffa, and died of a lung disease in Ramallah where he was a professor and vice-president at Bir Zeit University since 1992.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan

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