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The Arab World and the West: A History

  • 1501 School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (map)

In conversation with Jean-Pierre Filiu and Rashid Khalidi.


JEAN-PIERRE FILIU, Historian and professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po Paris

RASHID KHALIDI, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature, Chair of the Department of History,Columbia University

moderated by MADELEINE DOBIE, Associate Professor of French, Columbia University

Jean-Pierre Filiu discusses his book, Les Arabes, leur destin et le nôtre, which aims to shed light on struggles in the Arab world today by exploring the entwined histories of the Arab world and the West, starting with Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt in 1798, through military expeditions and brutal colonial regimes, broken promises and diplomatic maneuvers, support for dictatorial regimes, and the discovery of oil riches. He also discusses the “Arab Enlightenment” of the 19th Century and the history of democratic struggles and social revolts in the Arab world, often repressed.

This event is co-sponsored by the sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Alliance Program and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.