Professor of History, Emeritus
Professor George Haddad, born August 7, 1910 in Syria, was one of the UCSB History Department’s earliest members. From 1960 until his retirement in 1978, he taught ancient, medieval, and modern Middle Eastern history to overflow enrollments. His first book, published in Arabic in 1931 when he was only 21 years old was entitled The Arab Conquest of Damascus. He published Aspects of Social Life in Antioch in the Hellenistic Roman Period in 1949 and the three-volume History of Civilization in the Middle East (in Arabic) in the early 1950s. His two-volume study, Revolutions and Military Rules in the Middle East (New York, 1965-71), quickly became a standard work. Professor Haddad began Middle East Studies at UCSB and would be gratified to see that it has expanded into a thriving research center and undergraduate major. He died in San Francisco on February 22, 2000.