World Citizens and Enlightened Patriots: The Arabs Studies Program at the American University of Beirut

by John L. Meloy

Sep 15, 2017

The Arab Studies Program (ASP) at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) was founded in July 1949 with an initial grant of $83,000 and supported by three additional Rockefeller Foundation grants that carried the program through 1963, totaling over $500,000. Thereafter the ASP was supported by the university and various other local and international donors; it is now called the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. The ASP is noteworthy for a number of reasons, as will be noted below, not least because it was one of the first area studies programs devoted to the study of the Middle East established at an American university.

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