Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries: Rosemarie Said Zahlan

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries: Rosemarie Said Zahlan

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Rosemarie Said Zahlan, 68, died May 10 in London. Born in Egypt on Aug. 20, 1937 to Wadie Said, a Palestinian Anglican who first emigrated to the U.S. before World War I and then to Egypt, where he was a businessman, Rosemarie Said was the oldest of four sisters whose brother was the late scholar-academic Edward Said. She received her degree in musicology from Bryn Mawr women's college in Pennsylvania and loved to play the piano until a serious car accident hindered her abilities.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Said took a teaching position in Cairo and then in Beirut, where she taught courses on cultural history at American University of Beirut and Beirut Women's College. She then moved to London, where she received her Ph.D. from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Said was one of the foremost academic historians of the Gulf states. The author of Origins of the UAE [1978], The Creation of Qatar [1986] and The Making of the Modern Gulf States [1998], she also wrote for the Encyclopedia of Islam, the Financial Times, the International Journal of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Journal. …

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