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The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

A lecture by Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Professor Achcar's critically acclaimed book, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, discusses Arab attitudes to Zionism, anti-Semitism, Nazism and the Holocaust from the aftermath of the First World War to our time. While challenging anti-Arab distortions of the historical record, it makes no concessions to anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial. The author will present his book, explaining the reason that led him to write it and addressing the debates that it aroused since publication.

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, where he is based since 2007. Trained in philosophy and social sciences in Beirut, he holds a PhD in social history from the University of Paris-VIII. After teaching at the American University of Paris and the University of Paris-VIII, Prof. Achcar moved in 2003 to Berlin where he was offered a senior research fellowship at the French-German Centre Marc Bloch. He has published widely on politics and international relations in general, and the Middle East and North Africa in particular. His recent books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2006), Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy (co-authored with Noam Chomsky, 2007), and The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010).

For more info please contact:
Johanna Romero
(310) 825-1455
romero@international.ucla.edu

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