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Encyclopedia Of The Palestinians: Biography of Sharif El-Musa
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Posted on November 12, 2000

From below article is from Encyclopedia Of The Palestinians edited by Philip Mattar

Elmusa, Sharif
al-Musa; academician, poet, translator
1947- al-Abbasiyya
Elmusa fled his native village east of JAFFA during the ARAB-ISRAELI WAR OF 1948 and spent his youth in the al-Nuway'ima refugee camp near JERICHO. He studied at Cairo University, where he obtained a B.A. in civil engineering in 1970. Elmusa then traveled to the United States, where he earned an M.S. in civil engineering from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in regional development and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. From 1988 to 1989 he taught at Georgetown University.
Elmusa is a leading expert on development and water resources in the Middle East. He has worked as a research fellow or consultant on projects with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, Yarmuk University, and the INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE STUDIES since the early 1990s. In 1997, he worked through the United Nations Development Program and United Nations World Food Plan to help the PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY establish objectives for economic development in the WEST BANK and the GAZA STRIP.
Elmusa is also a poet and translator of Arabic literature into English. Some of his poetry has been translated into English and has appeared in a number of books and periodicals. Other poems of his were published in Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab American Poetry, which he credited in 1988. Since 1982 he has also worked on the Project for translation from Arabic, a program to translate Arabic poetry, fiction, and drama.
Elmusa's academic works include Negotiating Water: Israel and the Palestinians (1996) and A Harvest of Technology: The Super-Green Revolution in the Jordan Valley (1994). He also helped supervise the research and writing of All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948 (1993).
Michael R. Fischbach


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