Abu Amr, Ziad MAHMOUD (1950-)

Writer , PLC member

Born in Gaza City on 22 June 1950; received a BA in English Literature and Language from Damascus University in 1973; lived and worked as teacher and translator in Syria, Bahrain, and Oman, during the 1970s; studied towards an MA in Arab Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, US, graduating in 1979; taught at Georgetown from 1979-83; worked as Research Director at the Center for Research and Publishing in Washington, DC, from 1983-85; earned a PhD in Philosophy and Comparative Politics from Georgetown University in 1985; returned to the West Bank and became a Assistant Professor of Political Science (and a year later also of Cultural Studies) at Birzeit University in 1985 (until 1993); served as Exec. Committee member of the Arab Organization for Political Science from 1987-2000; went back to his teaching position at Birzeit University, also serving as Chairman of the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Dept. in 1988-89; received a Diploma in US Foreign Policy Process from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland; was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University and a member of the Brookings Working Group on Arab-Israeli Peace during 1990-91; was a member of the Exec. Committee of the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine in Washington, DC, from 1991-96; Associate Professor of Political Science at Birzeit University since 1993; was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Palestine Research and Studies (CPRS) in Nablus from 1993-96; served as Deputy Chairman of the Independent Group for Palestinian Elections in 1994; was a Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York in 1995; was elected PLC member for Gaza City in the 1996 elections; Chair of the PLC Political Committee and member of the Human Rights and Oversight Committees from 1996-2003; Pres. of the Palestinian Council on Foreign Relations in Gaza since 1998; Board of Directors member of Miftah since 1998; member of the PLC Political and Budget Committees since 2003; became Minister of Culture in the cabinet of PM Mahmoud Abbas on 30 April 2003 (until Oct. 2003); member of the Higher Education Council; member of the PLO Central Council; was re-elected as PLC member (Independent, Gaza City) in the Jan. 2006 elections; has written numerous articles and research papers as well as authored several books, incl. The Origins of Political Movements in the Gaza Strip: 1948-1967 (Arabic; Dar Al-Aswar, Acre, 1987), The Intifada: Causes and Factors of Continuity (Jerusalem: PASSIA, 1989), Emerging Trends in Palestinian Strategic Political Thinking and Practice (Jerusalem: PASSIA, 1992), Islamic Fundamentalism in the West Bank and Gaza (Bloomington: 1994), Civil Society and Democratization in Palestine (Cairo: Ibn Khaldun Center, 1995).

ZIAD MAHMOUD ABU AMR

ولد في مدينة غزة عام 1950 ؛ تعلّم في مدارس غزة والقاهرة؛ نال شهادة البكالوريوس في اللغة والأدب الإنجليزي من جامعة دمشق؛ علّم في البحرين وعمان ودمشق خلال السبعينات؛ التحق بجامعة (جورج تاون) في العاصمة الأمريكية واشنطن ونال شهادة الماجستير في الدراسات العربية عام 1980 ثم دكتوراه في السياسات المقارنة عام 1986 ؛ حاضر في جامعة جورج تاون)في الفترة بين 1979 – 1983 وبين 1990) 1991- ؛ أستاذ في العلوم السياسية والدراسات الدولية في جامعة بيرزيت بين 1988 - 1989 ومنذ عام 1993 ؛ ألّف عدداً من الدراسات والأبحاث مثل: الأصولية الإسلامية في الضفة الغربية وغزة (منشورات بلومنغتون، (1994 ؛ تم انتخابه عضواً في المجلس التشريعي لمدينة غزة عام 1996 ؛ عين وزيراً للثقافة في 30 نيسان 2003 (وحتى تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2003)؛ رئيس اللجنة السياسية في المجلس التشريعي؛ عضو في المجلس المركزي لمنظمة التحرير؛ رئيس المجلس الفلسطيني للعلاقات الخارجية في غزة، عين وزيراً للخارجية في حكومة الوحدة الوطنية في عام 2007 .