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Habib Malik

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Habib C. Malik was born in January 1954 in Washington, D.C., the son of Lebanese philosopher and diplomat Charles Malik. His early schooling took place in both the United States and Lebanon. He graduated in 1977 with a BA in history from the American University of Beirut after doing his senior year at Princeton University. He received his master's and PhD in modern European intellectual history from Harvard University in 1979 and 1985, respectively. He is currently an associate professor of history and cultural studies at the Lebanese American University (Byblos campus). He divides his interests between the history of Western thought and the issues and problems of his ancestral home, Lebanon, and the Middle East at large-in particular the plight of native Christian communities, the future of freedom and democracy in Arab societies, and the challenges posed by Islamization. He is the author of Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace: Receiving Soren Kierkegaard: The Early Impact and Transmission of His Thought and editor of The Challenge of Human Rights: Charles Malik and the Universal Declaration, along with many articles, essays, and book chapters in both Arabic and English on pluralism, Arab Christians, human rights, Political Islam, and the Arab reception of Kierkegaard. He lives in Lebanon just outside Beirut and is married to Hiba Costa; they have three children.

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The Caravan: Letter from Lebanon – Help Protect the Minorities

by Habib Malikvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Obama's Second Term

Letter from Lebanon - Help Protect the Minorities

by Habib Malikvia The Caravan
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dear President Obama,

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Syria's Future

by Habib Malikvia The Caravan
Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Assad regime is certainly a brutal and merciless regime when it comes to stifling any internal dissent or throwing its weight around neighboring countries.  Few have forgotten the multipronged misery caused to the Lebanese by Syria’s nearly three-decade long occupation of

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The Future of Christians in the Middle East

by Habib Malikvia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 7, 2011

Islamism threatens religious pluralism and democracy in the region, as tragic events in Egypt and Iraq remind us.

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The Future of Christians in the Middle East

by Habib Malikvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, January 7, 2011

Islamism threatens religious pluralism and democracy in the region, as tragic events in Egypt and Iraq remind us...

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Islamism and the Future of the Christians in the Middle East

by Habib Malikvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Saturday, April 10, 2010

This is a sobering account of the ordeal of Christian Arabs of the Middle East in this era of Islamist radicalism. Although those Christians are leaving their homelands in record numbers, the author laments, the powers of the West have shown little interest in their fate.