Introduction.AS THE ARAB STUDIES QUARTERLY Arab Studies Quarterly was founded in 1979 by Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, then at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), where he was professor of political science, and Edward W. Said, literature professor at Columbia University. APPROACHES the end of its 26th year of continuous publication, it is a fitting time to pay tribute to two of its founding fathers--Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Edward Said Edward Wadie Saïd, Arabic: إدوارد وديع سعيد, . Much to the sorrow of those of us who worked with and enjoyed the company of these two extraordinary men, both Ibrahim and Edward died before the realization of our mutually held dreams for a more democratic and humane Middle East and self-determination for the Palestinians.
Both men eagerly explored and shared their myriad talents with all those fortunate enough to know them as family members, friends, colleagues and students. In her moving political memoir, Elaine C. Hagopian traces Ibrahim's and Edward's involvement with the PLO PLO
Palestine Liberation Organization
PLO Palestine Liberation Organization
Noun 1. PLO , Camp David Camp David, U.S. presidential retreat, located in Catoctin Mountain Park (see National Parks and Monuments, table), in NW Md. The Camp David accords, the terms of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, were established (1978) at this site; other negotiations and and the Oslo accords over three turbulent decades. Although their support, opposition and belief in a two state or bi-national state solution altered over time, as Ghada Hashem Talhami emphasizes, their commitment to Palestine was absolutely immutable IMMUTABLE. What cannot be removed, what is unchangeable. The laws of God being perfect, are immutable, but no human law can be so considered. . In his tribute, Jamal R. Nassar focuses on Abu-Lughod's brilliance as a teacher and mentor. In "Edward Said (1935-2003)" and "Our Philological phi·lol·o·gy
1. Literary study or classical scholarship.
2. See historical linguistics.
[Middle English philologie, from Latin philologia, love of learning Home is the Earth." Andrew N. Rubin and Moustafa Bayoumi, both colleagues of Edward's, detail his intellectual contribution in literally changing the landscape of cultural attitudes and the way in which a hegemonic/imperial west looks at the "other." Perhaps most crucially, Edward's large oeuvre changed how dispossessed peoples defined themselves, thereby empowering entire new generations.
As teachers and guides, Ibrahim and Edward led by example. Unlike too many in the academy, neither lectured from a remote, isolated podium to tell student audiences what they ought to think or do. Rather, they critiqued reality, demolishing flawed, biased analyses through impeccable scholarship and passionate commitment to the truth. Both provided directions that encouraged independent thought, debate, and collective action. Ever the strategist, Ibrahim, in particular, recognized the importance of enabling students to stand on their own and to take responsibility. As he often counseled, "No one can protect you from the consequences of your own actions."
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synergism in which the sum of the parts became greater than the individuals. Ibrahim, the scholar activist and Edward, the activist scholar, stand as eternal spokespersons for justice and the human rights of all peoples.