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Benbaruk, Leon
By Leon Benbaruk
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (History), McGill University
Leon was born in Morocco. He immigrated to Canada in 1964. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History Cum Laude, Loyola College (1968 - 1972).

He was an elected Rhodes Scholar in 1972  and studied at Keble College, Oxford.KEBLE COLLEGE , OXFORD

Read Modern Middle Eastern Studies – Oriental Studies , OXFORD UNIVERSITY 1975.

Leon obtained his Master of Arts in Islamic studies at McGill University, in Montreal, in 1977.

He wrote his thesis on the Moroccan Monarchy and Nationalism (1912-1956), A REPUBLIC FOR A MONARCHY .

He lives in New Zealand since 1980.

He has published several articles on MENA Middle East and North Africa

Last book review :  DOING IT MY WAY – an Egyptian memoir by ELHANY ELZAYAT

Founder of SOCRATES CAFÉ  a discussion group  on MENA

Observer of MENA  issues since 1967. Taught MENA  to adult classes .
Articles in this column
By Leon Benbaruk, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (History), McGill University
MORNINGS IN JENIN  by Susan ABULHAWA is a novel  reflecting the reality of the  Palestinian plight and suffering. Its original title in 2002 was THE SCAR OF DAVID   in 2002 which  becomes  relevant in the story. The SCAR of David is probably a metaphor for the Star of David. The book is well researched and  is also a personal account . (Full Story)

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