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L. Carl Brown

Department/Program(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies
Position: Emeritus Faculty
Title: Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs, Emeritus. Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus.
Office: 115 41 William St.
Phone: 609-258-9138



L. Carl Brown, Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University, is a historian of the modern Near East and North Africa with special emphasis on the Arab world. A member of the Princeton faculty from 1966 to 1993 he was long director of the interdisciplinary Program in Near Eastern Studies.

Brown is co-author of Tunisia: The Politics of Modernization (1964), editor of State and Society in Independent North Africa (1966), translator (with commentary) of The Surest Path—The Political Treatise of a Nineteenth-Century Muslim Statesman (1967), editor of From Madina to Metropolis: Heritage and Change in the Near Eastern City (1973), author of The Tunisia of Ahmad Bey (1975), co-editor of Psychological Dimensions of Near Eastern Studies (1977), author of International Politics in the Middle East: Old Rules, Dangerous Game (1984), editor of Centerstage: American Diplomacy Since World War II (1990), co-editor of The Modernization of the Ottoman Empire and Its Afro-Asian Successors (1992), editor of Imperial Legacy: The Ottoman Imprint on the Balkans and the Middle East (1996), co-editor of Franco-Arab Encounters (1996), author of Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics (2000), editor of Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations of Regional and Outside Powers (2001, revised edition 2004), translator (with commentary) of Consult Them in the Matter: A Nineteenth-Century Islamic Argument for Constitutional Government (2005).