Magazine article Tablet Magazine

What I Learned from Barry Rubin, the Israeli Writer Who Died Sunday at 64

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

What I Learned from Barry Rubin, the Israeli Writer Who Died Sunday at 64

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This morning Tablet reviewed Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, a new book by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang Schwanitz. Although it's a challenging and critical take, it's also, I'd argue, precisely the sort of engagement with his work that Barry most relished, a real debate, an argument with ideas, history, and the future and real lives at stake. Sadly, Barry is not around to partake in it. He died last night at the age of 64 after an 18-month struggle with cancer.

Barry was my friend and teacher, a role I suspect thatafter husband to his wonderful wife Judy and father to his two spectacular children, Gabriella and Danielhe relished above all others, including that of author, analyst, and historian. He wrote dozens of books focusing on the Middle East, from Israel and Turkey to Egypt and Iran, as well as other subjects, and used his deep historical knowledge of the region to analyze and explain current phenomena, but I think it was teaching that truly moved him. …

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