Farewell to Fred Halliday

Fred Halliday, one of Britain’s liveliest minds, recently died. He was smart and tough, two qualities any academic needs.

Eloquent tributes have already been made. I’ll never forget one passage he wrote about the Middle East and international history:

The history of peoples is not national but cosmopolitan; not one, as nationalist myth would make us believe, of separate blocs gradually and belligerently getting to know each other, but a constant process of cultural and commercial interaction, redefinition of boundaries and mutual enrichment. This is true today, in an age of globalization, hybridity and ‘world music’, but was true centuries and millennia ago.

Farewell Fred. You are counted.

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