Salih Altoma is a poet and professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Indiana University. He received his B.A. from Baghdad University and his doctorate in language education from Harvard University. He has written The Problem of Diglossia in Arabic ( Harvard University Press, 1969), Palestinian Themes in Modern Arabic Literature: 1917-1970 ( Cairo, 1972), collections of poetry, and numerous articles addressing sociopolitical themes in modern Arabic literature as well as the linguistic problems involved in teaching Arabic in secondary schools. He is currently writing a book tentatively entitled The American Reception of Arabic Literature: 1900-1990.
Richard T. Antoun is professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has conducted research among peasants and post- peasants in Jordan, Iran, and Lebanon, focusing on religion, kinship, law, and local politics. His books include Arab Village ( Indiana University Press, 1972), Low-Key Politics ( SUNY Press, 1979), and Muslim Preacher in the Modern World ( Princeton University Press, 1989). His current research focuses on the impact of migration abroad for education and work from Jordan to Arabia, Europe, North America, and Asia.
Helena Cobban is the author of The Palestinian Liberation Organization: People, Power and Politics ( Cambridge University Press, 1984), and The Making of Modern Lebanon ( Westview Press, 1985). A member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, she has also written extensively on the involvement of the United States and the Soviet Union in the Arab-Israeli military theater, including "The U.S.-Israeli relationship in the Reagan era", in Conflict Quarterly, Spring 1989; "A Blind Eye to Nuclear Proliferation" (coauthored with Gerard C. Smith), in Foreign Affairs, Summer 1989; and an examination of changes in Soviet policy under Gorbachev, "Ending Bloodshed in the Third World", in World Monitor ( Boston), December 1988.
Raymond Hinnebusch is associate professor of political science at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous articles on Syria and a two-volume study of the Ba'th regime entitled Peasant and Bureaucracy in Ba'thist Syria ( Westview Press, 1989) and Authoritarian Power and State Formation in Ba'thist Syria: Army, Party, and Peasant ( Westview Press, 1990).