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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Pipes

Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum and an affiliate professor at the University of Haifa. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in the Washington Times and in newspapers around the globe, including the Israel Hayom (Israel), La Razón (Spain), L'Opinione (Italy), and the Australian. His special interests include the role of Islam in public life, Turkey, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. foreign policy.

His website, DanielPipes.org, offers an archive of his work and an opportunity to sign up to receive e-mails of his current writings. With 75 million page visits, it is of the Internet's most accessed sources of specialized information on the Middle East and Muslim history. He tweets at @DanielPipes.

CBS Sunday Morning says Daniel Pipes was "years ahead of the curve in identifying the threat of radical Islam." "Unnoticed by most Westerners," he wrote, for example, in 1995, "war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States." The Boston Globe states that "If Pipes's admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11." The Wall Street Journal calls Mr. Pipes "an authoritative commentator on the Middle East" and the Washington Post deems him both "a prominent conservative intellectual" and "perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam." The New York Times calls him "smart and well-informed."

He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Mr. Pipes speaks French, and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He has been affiliated with Princeton and Stanford universities. He served in five presidential administrations between 1982 and 2005, including two presidentially-appointed positions, vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1986-93.

Mr. Pipes discusses current issues on television on such U.S. programs as ABC World News, Crossfire, Good Morning America, Nightline, O'Reilly Factor, PBS NewsHour, and The Today Show. He has appeared on leading television networks around the globe, including the BBC and Al-Jazeera, and has lectured in 25 countries. He has publicly debated leading figures, including Noam Chomsky and Ken Livingstone.

More than 100 newspapers have carried his articles, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has been a member of the New York Times Syndicate. Mr. Pipes has published in such magazines as the Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Economist, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, National Review, New Republic, Newsweek, Time, and The Weekly Standard.'

Mr. Pipes has written sixteen books:

Four deal with Islam: Face à l'islam radical (co-authored with Guy Millière, French: David Reinharc, 2012), The Rushdie Affair (Birch Lane, 1990), In the Path of God (Basic Books, 1983), and Slave Soldiers and Islam (Yale University Press, 1981).

Three books concern Syria: Syria Beyond the Peace Process (Washington Institute, 1996), Damascus Courts the West (Washington Institute, 1991), and Greater Syria (Oxford University Press, 1990).

Two deal with other Middle Eastern topics: The Hidden Hand (St. Martin's, 1996) analyzes conspiracy theories among Arabs and Iranians. An Arabist's Guide to Colloquial Egyptian (Foreign Service Institute, 1983) systematizes the grammar of Arabic as spoken in Egypt.

Conspiracy (Free Press 1997) establishes the importance of conspiracy theories in modern Europe and America.

Six volumes contain some of his best essays: Nothing Abides (Transaction, 2015), Löwengrube (German: Critic, 2012), L'islam radical à la conquête du monde (French: Cheminements, 2008), Miniatures (Transaction, 2003), Militant Islam Reaches America (WW Norton, 2002), and The Long Shadow (Transaction, 1989).

In addition, Mr. Pipes has edited two collections of essays by multiple authors: Sandstorm (UPA, 1993) and Friendly Tyrants (St. Martin's, 1991). He has published 1,100 articles, 1,300 weblog entries, and 700 book reviews. There are 12,000 translations of his writings into 37 languages, appearing in such publications as ABC (Spain), Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Mr. Pipes has edited two journals, Orbis (1986-90) and the Middle East Quarterly (1994-2001). He sits on several editorial boards, has testified before several congressional committees, and worked on six presidential campaigns. Universities in the United States and Switzerland have conferred honorary degrees on him.

Mr. Pipes takes pride in having been Borked by Edward Kennedy, called an "Orientalist" by Edward Said, deemed the neo-conservative movement's "leading thinker" by Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper, and publicly invited to convert by a top Al-Qaeda figure. He has also been recognized as one of Harvard University's 100 most influential living graduates and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World.

Mr. Pipes founded the Middle East Forum (MEForum.org), an independent 501(c)3 organization, in 1994. The Forum has a US$4 million annual budget. Its mission is "promoting American interests" through publications, research, media outreach, and public education. It publishes the Middle East Quarterly and sponsors Campus Watch, Islamist Watch, the Legal Project, and the Washington Project.

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Biographical articles about Daniel Pipes

Items are listed in reverse order of date

Title Publication Date
Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle (94 comments) The Washington Post August 18, 2010
Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam (280 comments) FrontPageMagazine.com April 2, 2007
Daniel Pipes fights the worldwide threat of Islamism - from Malibu (40 comments) Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles March 6, 2007
Radical Departure (2 comments) Philadelphia Magazine January 2007
Militant about "Islamism" Harvard Magazine January-February 2005
[Flemming Rose interview:] The Threat of Islamism Jyllands-Posten October 29, 2004
Pipes Objects to Fox in the Henhouse (2 comments) Insight Magazine March 19, 2004
Truth on Terror (1 comments) World Magazine October 11, 2003
Where's the Muslim Debate? (33 comments) Wall St. Journal May 22, 2003
Muslims for Pipes (14 comments) New York Sun April 21, 2003
Smearing Daniel Pipes New York Post April 21, 2003
Terror's Nemesis New York Post April 6, 2003
Daniel Pipes Visits Hamilton College (1 comments) Capitalism Magazine March 31, 2003
Pipes' London lecture surprisingly low key London Free Press March 25, 2003
Writer Daniel Pipes is a Lightning Rod in the Post-9/11 World (2 comments) Newhouse News Service March 14, 2003
Islam's battle with a hostile world (3 comments) Financial Times Weekend January 11, 2003
Pipes' Dreams (29 comments) Philadelphia City Paper July 18, 2002
Radical Islam vs. Academic Freedom: One Example (17 comments) FrontPageMagazine.com April 29, 2002
Islam Expert in Demand (3 comments) Boston Phoenix December 19, 2001
Islam expert suddenly in the spotlight (1 comments) Philadelphia Inquirer November 29, 2001
Yes Related No. 3: The Pipes, the Pipes Are Calling (1 comments) Slate.com November 28, 2001
Daniel Pipes: Prophet (4 comments) Lifestyles Magazine June 2000
A Contract for "The Ayatollah, the Novelist and the West" is Canceled New York Times July 19, 1989

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