As the one-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Professor Barry Rubin, approaches, I am reaching out to you, his loyal readers, to help continue his important work.
Barry was one of the most prolific Middle East scholars of our time. He authored and edited over 100 books and monographs and worked ‘round the clock to produce the most accurate and balanced analysis. Even while hooked up to an IV dispensing chemo, Barry was dictating articles to his assistant. He also finished three books, which were published posthumously: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale, 2014, co-authored with Wolfgang G. Schwanitz), Silent Revolution: How the Left Rose to Political Power and Cultural Dominance (Harper Collins, 2014), and The Military History of the Modern Middle East (Routledge, 2015).
Barry would be proud to see how the GLORIA Center, the research institute he founded some 15 years ago, continues to thrive.
GLORIA is now under the directorship of Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Barry’s longtime deputy and hand-picked successor, who has reported from across the region, including several trips to war-torn Syria. Dr. Spyer is recognized as one of the world’s leading Middle East analysts, appearing on and writing for major media outlets as well as doing speaking events worldwide. He is also the author of the widely acclaimed The Transforming Fire: the Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (Continuum, 2011).
The Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), which Barry pioneered in 1997 as the first online Middle East journal, maintains its high level of scholarship, with a circulation of over 25,000. In addition, GLORIA continues to publish Turkish Studies, founded by Barry and listed in the prestigious Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Thirteen of Barry’s books are also available now for free on the GLORIA website, including The Arab States and the Palestine Conflict, The Truth About Syria, and more.
In addition to these projects, Barry’s longtime dream of helping develop the next generation of Middle East scholars has become a reality. In October, Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi became the first recipient of the Rubin Fellowship. Al-Tamimi has already emerged as one of the world’s leading experts on the Islamic State (IS), recently testifying before the British parliament on the subject.
As Barry’s widow and co-author, I ask for your help in ensuring the GLORIA Center continues these ongoing activities. Funds are especially needed to expand the Rubin Fellowship. Please consider making a donation in Barry’s memory and for the values for which he dedicated his life. Make your tax-deductible donation today from the United States, the UK, or Israel.