Monday, October 26,  2020
Muhammad Faour

Muhammad Faour is a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on education reform in Arab countries, with an emphasis on citizenship education.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Faour was a research fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at York University in Canada, where he studied social change and demography of the Middle East, and conflict analysis and resolution. From 2007 to 2010, he was president of Dhofar University in Salalah, Oman. Faour also served as deputy vice president for Regional External Programs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) from 2000 to 2007.

A recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, Faour has also been a visiting researcher at several U.S. universities, including Georgetown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and George Mason University, as well as a peace fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. In addition to his academic work, Faour served as a consultant to several United Nations agencies, Lebanese foundations, and nongovernmental organization (NGOs), and was a founding member of the Lebanese Association of Sociology.    

Faour is the author of several books and monographs, including The Silent Revolution in Lebanon: Changing Values of the Youth, and The Arab World after Desert Storm, and the co-author of University Students in Lebanon: Background and Attitudes (with Adnan El-Amine). His work has also been published in numerous journals, including Middle Eastern Studies.

Faour has a B.S. in biology-chemistry, M.A., sociology, the American University of Beirut; Ph.D., sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor


Religious Education and Pluralism in Egypt and TunisiaThe end goal of education reform for countries like Tunisia and Egypt should be education for citizenshipــــthe development of informed, responsible citizens who think freely and contribute to society.


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