The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Habib Malik

Dr. Habib C. Malik is an associate professor of history and cultural studies in the Department of Humanities at LAU. He also offers courses for undergraduates in cultural studies, and occasional graduate seminars in the Department of Social Sciences. He was an adjunct professor during the late 1990s and became a full-time faculty member in 2000.

Prior to that, Malik taught courses (mainly undergraduate, but also some graduate seminars) in history, cultural studies, philosophy, international relations, and literature at the Off Campus Program of the American University of Beirut (1985-1988) and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (1990-1992).

He has lectured and written widely in both English and Arabic on topics that include the history of ideas, Kierkegaard, existentialism, human rights, the plight of native Middle Eastern Christian communities, Lebanon, democracy in the Arab world, inter-religious dialogue, America and the Middle East, and Christian faith in a secular world. He has published three books and numerous essays and scholarly articles on these and other subjects.

Malik has devised a program for an undergraduate major in history at LAU, complete with course descriptions and details of requirements for the degree.  He has helped to produce a program for a Minor in History as well.

As a member of the International Board of the World Youth Alliance (an NGO headquartered in New York), he was instrumental in shepherding the process of legal incorporation by the Lebanese government of the Middle East regional branch office of the alliance based in Beirut. The alliance numbers over two million members under 30 years of age worldwide.

Over the years, many of Malik’s students have participated outstandingly in the Harvard Model United Nations Program. Others have joined the World Youth Alliance and gone to New York for the required three-month training sessions. Some take part on a regular basis in the Communio gatherings where selected texts of a religious nature are read and analyzed on a monthly basis by a small group of scholars, clergy, and lay intellectuals. At least one of his students took holy orders and became a monk in the Maronite Church.

Malik also works to promote the intellectual and diplomatic legacy of his late father Charles Malik through publishing his works in both English and Arabic and helping scholars research various aspects of his legacy.

He has worked with other faculty on the Minor in Religious Studies and taught in the Honors Program at LAU (history of ideas 18th and 19th centuries; and cultural studies covering the modern period).

Among his hobbies are reading; listening to music; discussing with friends; swimming; attending choice movies and plays; astronomy; nature outings; chess and travel.

Selected publications

  1. Receiving Soeren Kierkegaard: The Early Impact and Transmission of His Thought (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1997).
  2. Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace, 2 editions (Washington, D.C.: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1997 & 2000).
  3. The Challenge of Human Rights: Charles Malik and the Universal Declaration, edited (London: Centre for Lebanese Studies at Oxford, 2001).
  4. Islamism and the Future of the Christians of the Middle East (2010).

Academic degrees

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