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Tamim Al Barghouti



Biography

Tamim Al Barghouti is a Palestinian poet born in Cairo, Egypt in 1977. He studied politics at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, and Boston University where he received his Ph.D. in 2004. Tamim has had published five poetry collections and two academic books on political theory and Middle East History. These works include Fil-Quds (In Jerusalem) published in Ramallah and Cairo 2008; Maqam Iraq (the Iraqi Ode), Cairo 2005; and, The Umma and the Dawla: The Nation State and the Middle East, Pluto Press, London, 2008. Al-Barghouti has performed in almost every Arab country, including Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.  His performances have attracted thousands from various age groups. He writes in Standard Arabic as well as in the Egyptian and Palestinian dialects. Between 2003 and 2004, Al-Barghouti was a columnist for the Lebanese Daily Star, where he wrote a weekly feature on Arab culture, history, and identity.  He has worked at the United Nations, the Division of Palestinian Rights, the Department of Political Affairs in New York. He was later appointed an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. In 2005 and 2006, he joined the United Nations Mission in Sudan, and in 2007 he became a fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting lecturer at the Free University in Berlin. Al-Barghouti is currently a visiting Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 
Tamim Al Barghouti