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Department of History and Archaeology, AUB
Notable Alumni

Hussain Abdul-Hussain studied Middle Eastern History and Political Science at AUB. He worked as a reporter for Beirut's The Daily Star, and was in Baghdad in the Spring of 2003, where he reported on the downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Abdul-Hussain has published articles in prestigious newspapers such as The New York Times, Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The International Herald Tribune, and the Baltimore Sun as well as Arabic newspapers, such as Annahar and Al-Ahram. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC. He currently works as a correspondent for the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai and resides in Washington DC.

Dina Abou Salem obtained her MA in Middle Eastern History from AUB in 2003. She has since developed an impressive career in journalism, having worked at Time Warner Cable and currently works at ABC News in Los Angeles.

Youssef Chaitani is a graduate of the AUB History department. After completing his studies at AUB, he obtained his PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London. Chaitani is the author of the book, Post-Colonial Syria and Lebanon: The Decline of Arab Nationalism and the Triumph of the State. He currently works as a political affairs officer for the UN's Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut.

Hala Dimechkie graduated from AUB with a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern History in 1998. She worked at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington DC after graduating, then returned to Lebanon where she has been working as the Communications Coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUB ever since.

Hala Droubi studied History at AUB and then went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Droubi has experience working as a copywriter for Leo Burnett, and a PR Manager for TBWA. Upon her graduation from Columbia, she was a reporter at The New York Times, where she covered the ongoing war in Syria. Most recently, she worked as a Front Page Editor at Yahoo! News. Currently, she works as a freelance journalist in the UAE.

Suleiman Mourad obtained both his BA and MA in History from AUB. Afterwards, he went on to obtain his M.Phil in Religious Studies from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Arabic & Islamic Studies, Near Eastern Civilizations from Yale University as well. He has taught at Middlebury College, Oxford University, and Smith College, where he currently teaches Religious Studies. Dr. Mourad is the author of four books and a myriad of articles. His research interests include Islamic Religious Thought and History between 600 and 1500 CE; the Qurʾan and the history of its interpretation; the radicalization of Jihad ideology in the period of the Crusades, and its subsequent impact on mainstream Sunni thought and the course of Middle Eastern history; early Arabic/Islamic historical writing; Jesus and Mary in the Qurʾan and Islamic literature; and Jerusalem and its Fadaʾil (Merits) literature.



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