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The Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at Georgetown University

In recognition of the importance of mutual understanding and appreciation between the peoples of the United States of America and the Arab world, The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, along with a 3 member committee that included Jamal Daniel, created an endowed faculty position named "The Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies". The Clovis and Hala Salaam Chair in Arab Studies was dedicated to the study of the modem Arab world but also to help strengthen research and education in history, politics, economics and development, business and commerce, or culture and society of the modem Arab world.


With the ever-evolving world, the intermingling of nationalities - especially with the Middle East - makes the creation of this Chair critical to fostering a better understanding of the Arab World and its people. The Levant Foundation believes that cultural and educational programs are essential for world stability and peace.

The Levant Foundation, The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and Georgetown University are proud to honor the leadership, service, and the tireless effort of Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud to create a better understanding of the Arab world.  The Levant Foundation hosted a fundraising dinner and provided a significant contribution to support this endowment.  A Chair in Arab Studies located in the nation's capital offers a tremendous boost for bridging the cultural and political gap between the Middle East and the United States.