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Rosemarie Said Zahlan

Born: Aug 20, 1937

Death: May 10, 2006

Birthplace: Cairo

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Rosemarie Said Zahlan

Date of Birth : Aug 20, 1937
Date of Death : May 10, 2006
Birth Place : Cairo

Rosemarie Said Zahlan was a Palestinian-US Christian historian and writer on the Persian Gulf states. She was a sister of Edward Said. In addition to her books, she also wrote for the Financial Times, the Middle East Journal, the International Journal of Middle East Studies and the Encyclopedia of Islam. Said Zahlan was born in Cairo in 1937, as the eldest of four sisters. Her father, Wadie Said, was a wealthy Anglican Palestinian businessman and a US citizen, while her mother was born in Nazareth of Christian Lebanese and Palestinian descent. She attended the women's college, Bryn Mawr, USA, where she took a degree in musicology. In a serious car accident her hands were injured and several vertebrae broken. This made a musical career playing the piano impossible. After Bryn Mawr, Rosemarie taught for a while in Cairo. She then went to Beirut, where she lectured on cultural history and music at the American University of Beirut and the Beirut College for Women. After Beirut she went to London to get her PhD, at the School of Oriental and African Studies.


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