Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim World Expert: LOUIS J. CANTORI (1935-2008)

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim World Expert: LOUIS J. CANTORI (1935-2008)

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Dr. Louis J. Cantori, a scholar of the Middle East, author, and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) for more than three decades, died of heart failure on 12 May. He was 73.

Cantori earned his MA in political science (1962) and Ph.D. in political science (1966) from the University of Chicago. He continued his education at Cairo's al-Azhar University, where he studied Islamic philosophy. Prior to joining UMBC, he was an assistant professor of political science at the University of California at Los Angeles (1966-72). While at UMBC, he served as chairman of its political science department (1979-85), and received annual teaching awards in political science for 1979-80 and 1981-82.

In his tribute, UMBC president Freeman A. Hrabowski III said: "Lou was an expert in Middle Eastern affairs and was passionate about teaching and his students. He worked hard at building a culture here of high achievement and believed deeply in educating the whole person." A firm believer in the principle of the scholarathlete, Cantori, an avid swimmer, also advised UMBC's rowing team.

In addition to his work at UMBC, Cantori had held visiting professorships at the U.S. Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Marine Corps University, American University, University of Pennsylvania, and McCormick Theological Seminary. He had also been a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and a visiting lecturer to the State Department. …

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