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William Mark Habeeb was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955. He graduated from Georgetown (BA) and Johns Hopkins (MA, PhD) Universities; studied literature and philosophy in England; has traveled widely in Europe, West Africa, the Middle East and the Soviet Union; and spent 20 years doing government relations consulting in Washington, DC. For the past 17 years he has taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and since 2015 he has been US Editor of the London-based Arab Weekly. In 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Habeeb to the Board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Habeeb has written several books on international affairs, most recently, Middle East in Turmoil (Greenwood, 2012), as well as nine non-fiction YA books on world history and cultures. His fiction has appeared in the Berkeley Fiction Review. He has studied oenology (at the Wine and Spirits Education Trust) and psychoanalysis (t the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis). He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife; their son lives in Brooklyn, NY.