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Elijah Zureiq

Elijah Zureiq

Sector : Science, Scientists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1939
  • Age: 84
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is a Palestinian sociologist, academic researcher, and writer, born in the city of Akka on the Palestinian coast in 1939. He is one of the most prominent thinkers and sociologists in the Arab world. He has been an honorary professor of sociology at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, since 2005. Since 2017, he has held the position of visiting professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies - Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. He died on January 16 of this year, 2023.

His research covers two areas: the Middle East and surveillance. His research also focuses on the sociology of colonial settler societies and patterns of surveillance.

has published several books on the Middle East. He has studies, research, and several books, the most important of which is: “Israel’s Colonial Project in Palestine: The Brutal Persecution,” which was published in 2016. He also published, for the “Tarjuman” series at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Qatar, the book “Monitoring and Preserving... Security at the Global Level: Borders, Security, and Identity, translated into Arabic by Imad Shiha.

The book includes selected studies closely related to this topic, as they deal with maintaining and monitoring the security of physical and virtual borders in a time of increasing imagined threats. Among his studies is “Issues in the Development of Social Sciences in the Arab World.” This study aims to evaluate contemporary research in Arab social sciences, with a focus on methodological issues in sociology and anthropology.

The study shows that Arab social sciences suffer from excessive reliance on concepts derived from the experience of Western societies, and that published research relies heavily on qualitative approaches to research and case studies. The study attributes the shortcomings suffered by Arab production in the social and human sciences primarily to authoritarianism and the absence of democracy in Arab governance systems, a factor that forces Arab researchers to avoid examining important and problematic issues such as issues of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Despite this, the study also points to important Arab research efforts that studied trends in Arab public opinion, demographic shifts, colonialism, censorship, and others.

The study concludes by revealing how Western governments take advantage of Western researchers to interfere in Third World affairs, which is considered a violation of the ethical standards of scientific research.



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