The History Department and Franklin & Marshall College was honored and delighted to host Abdul Kareem Majed al-Barghouthi as a Fulbright Visiting Specialist through the Direct Access to the Muslim World Program from September 4-27, 2009.
Professor al-Barghouthi is Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University in the West Bank. He received his PhD from Moscow State University and has also taught at Bethlehem University and Al-Tireh College.
His awards include a British Council Scholarship and a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). His scholarship focuses on globalization, Islamic fundamentalism, Edward Said, and Palestinian culture, history, and politics.
While at Franklin & Marshall, he participated in a variety of classes as well as gave lectures at Albright College, Elizabethtown College, and Millersville University.
Franklin & Marshall faculty and administrators benefited from Professor Barghouthi's background and expertise in a wide range of fields. His meetings with administrators, participation in classes across the curriculum, and informal conversations with students and faculty all served to enrich our community's understanding of the Islamic World. We were very pleased that his visit fulfilled the Fulbright mission "to promote Americans' understanding of Islamic civilization and the history, politics, and culture of today's Muslim world ... [and] ... to strengthen resources for enriching understanding of relevant global issues."