MacArthur Fellows Program

Fouad Ajami

Political Scientist | Class of 1982

Political Scientist
Washington, District of Columbia
37 at time of award
June 22, 2014
Area of Focus
Political Science

Fouad Ajami is a political scientist who specializes in Middle East affairs and culture.

Ajami studies Arab political thought and the relations between the West and the Islamic World.  He also has examined Egypt’s political economy, the politics of Islam, and the history and political thought of the Shia.  He is the author of several books, including The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thinking and Practice Since 1967 (1981, rev. ed., 1992), The Vanished Imam: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon (1986), Beirut: City of Regrets (1988), The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation’s Odyssey (1998), and The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq (2006).  He has written several influential essays on the Middle East and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, and other periodicals.

Ajami is the Majid Khadduri Professor of Islamic Studies and the director of Middle East Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.  He is also a consultant for CBS on Middle East affairs and, since 1989, has been a contributing editor for the U.S. News and World Report.  He served previously as a faculty member of Princeton University’s Department of Politics and as a research fellow at The Lehrman Institute.

Ajami received a Ph.D. (1973) from the University of Washington.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

News About This Fellow
June 22, 2014
"Fouad Ajami, Commentator and Expert in Arab History, Dies at 68"
The New York Times
Fouad Ajami , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
June 3, 2014
"Fouad Ajami, Influential Scholar of the Middle East, Dies at 68"
The Washington Post
Fouad Ajami , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
October 14, 2013
"Let’s Give Out Our Own Nobel Prize"
Bloomberg View
Fouad Ajami, 1982 MacArthur Fellow
January 24, 2012
"The Arab Spring at One"
Foreign Affairs
Fouad Ajami , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
January 6, 2008
"The Clash"
The New York Times
Fouad Ajami , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
July 11, 2006
"A Conversation with Fouad Ajami"
Council on Foreign Relations
Fouad Ajami , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
September 1, 1993
"The Summoning"
Foreign Affairs
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