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Fayez Sayegh

Sector : Public Figures, Public Figures

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1922
  • Age: 95
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Fayez Abdullah Sayegh was born in 1922 in Kharaba, Syria, where his father was a Presbyterian minister. As a child, Sayegh moved with his family to Tiberias and went to school in Safed.

He received his bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1941 and his master's degree from the same university in 1945. Sayegh was a Palestinian-American academic and civil servant.


In 1949, he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy, with a minor in political science, from Georgetown University. After receiving his degree, Sayegh worked for the Lebanese Embassy in Washington DC. He also worked at the United Nations.

He taught at a number of universities, including Yale, Stanford, Macalaster College, as well as at his Alma Mater AUB and at the University of Oxford.

Sayegh found the Palestine Research Center in Beirut in 1965 and served as its Director-General. In that same year, the center published his historical study entitled Zionist Colonialism in Palestine.

He also made several appearances on American television as a commentator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Achievements and Awards

Above all, however, Dr. Sayegh was a teacher and educator. 

He taught at Yale, Stanford, the American University of Beirut, Oxford and, as mentioned, at Macalester College. 

In 1965 he founded and became the director-general of the Palestine Research Center in Beirut.

Dr. Sayegh was decorated by the president of Lebanon with the Cedar’s Medal, Rank of Commander, the highest civilian medal awarded by Lebanon.

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