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Meyer Lecture

2003 Lecturer

Dr. Joshua M. Landis

Dr. Joshua M. Landis
Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History and Islam, University of Oklahoma

"Islam and Christianity: A Clash of Civilizations or a Clash of Politics?"

Dr. Joshua M. Landis is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History and Islam at the University of Oklahoma. He was educated at Swarthmore College (B.A., 1979), Harvard University (M.A., 1984) and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1997).

He has lived over 12 years in the Middle East. Brought up in Beirut, Lebanon, in the 1960's, he returned in the 1980's to teach in Beirut, study at the University of Damascus as a Fulbright Scholar, and learn languages at universities in Cairo and Istanbul.

Before coming to OU, he taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Wake Forest University, and Princeton University. He is fluent in Arabic and French and works in Turkish, Ottoman, and Italian.

Prof. Landis is finishing revisions on his manuscript, “Nationalism and Leadership in Syria, 1922-1950,” which the Middle East Studies Association named the best dissertation of 1997. Oxford Press has contracted with him to write a history of Syria during the 20th century. He has also published a number of articles on Syria and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in scholarly journals and edited books.