Robert Rabil, Ph.D.

LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award, 2010
LLS Distinguished Professor of Current Affairs, 2012-2013

Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-2019


Political Science


Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned and acclaimed scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals globally. His recent book on Salafism broke new ground in the fields of Islamism, terrorism and Middle East politics. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, U.S.-Arab and Arab-Israeli relations, and terrorism. He served as Chief of Emergency for the Red Cross in Lebanon and was Project Manager of the U.S. State Department-funded Iraq Research and Documentation Project. He lectures nationally and internationally and participates in forums and seminars sponsored by the U.S. government. He holds a Master’s in Government from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he received an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.

In September 2016, Professor Rabil was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army Central.

Student Testimonials

  • “One of the most enthusiastic and engaging FAU lecturers.”
  • “Excellent current knowledge base on topic and updates as events happen.”


The Hard Line — Robert Rabil, Ph.D., discusses the Syrian refugee crisis

The Hard Line: Robert Rabil, Ph.D., the Professor of Middle East studies at Florida Atlantic University's Department of Political Science and author of “Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism,” discusses the Syrian refugee crisis and the role the Obama administration has played in what has happened in Syria.

Dr. Rabil discusses Salafism in Lebanon in a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute

Dr. Rabil discusses Salafism in Lebanon - Washington Institute The Washington Institute: Facing a leadership crisis, Lebanon's Sunnis must contend with a vigorous Salafi movement in which the activist and jihadist elements are increasingly hard to distinguish from each other. On February 13, 2015, Robert Rabil addressed a Policy Forum concerning the issue of Salafism in Lebanon at The Washington Institute.

Dr. Rabil discusses Salafism on WPBT2's Viewpoint

Viewpoint: Salafism is perhaps best known for the ideologies of Salafi jihadism such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. It is actually comprised of many fundamentalist Islamic movements whose followers consider themselves the only "saved" sect of Islam. Professor and author Robert Rabil discusses Salafism and his book, “Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism.”

Dr. Rabil on U.S.-Iran Mounting Tensions and the Threat and Consequences of a Potential Military Confrontation




News and Notes From Dr. Rabil

  • Click here to visit his web site,  robertrabil.com.
  • Click here to order his latest book — "Salafism in Lebanon".
  • Click here to read a review of his book, "Salafism in Lebanon," by the British Cambridge Journal of International Affairs.
  • Click here to view the PowerPoint slides on the Divisions and Schools of Islam.

Articles written by Dr. Rabil


Books by Dr. Rabil

Women in Islam (Video-on-Demand)

In this special lecture series, Professor Rabil explores the status of women in Islam, with the objective of cultivating a critical sensibility to Middle Eastern constructions of gender. Bearing in mind some of the controversies and normative perceptions generated by Western interpretations of Middle Eastern societies, the course strives to offer a sociological profile of Middle Eastern women by examining a multitude of issues underlying the evolution of their role from a religio-historical, legal, cultural, socio-economic, political and Islamic revivalist perspective.
Four Lectures
  1. From Polyandry to Polygyny to Woman as-a-rib Tradition -
  2. Love, Sex, Religion and Heroism of Arab Women in Arab Culture and History -
  3. Persisting Contradictions - Women and Jihad, Honor Crimes, Women and the Veil
  4. Women, Human Rights and Reform - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Jordan

Course # S4M1V — First 4 Weeks
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 2020
Time:9:30 - 11 AM
Fee:$50 / member; $65 / non-member

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Women in Islam

In this special lecture series, Professor Rabil explores the status of women in Islam, with the objective of cultivating a critical sensibility to Middle Eastern constructions of gender. Bearing in mind some of the controversies and normative perceptions generated by Western interpretations of Middle Eastern societies, the course strives to offer a sociological profile of Middle Eastern women by examining a multitude of issues underlying the evolution of their role from a religio-historical, legal, cultural, socio-economic, political and Islamic revivalist perspective.
Four Lectures
  1. From Polyandry to Polygyny to Woman as-a-rib Tradition -
  2. Love, Sex, Religion and Heroism of Arab Women in Arab Culture and History -
  3. Persisting Contradictions - Women and jihad, Honor Crimes, Women and the Veil
  4. Women, Human Rights and Reform - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Jordan

Course # S4M1 — First 4 Weeks
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Mondays, March 16, 23, 30; April 6 2020
Time:9:30 - 11 AM
Fee:$50 / member; $65 / non-member

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Walking the Israel-Lebanon-Syria Tri-border with Professor Rabil (Video-on-Demand)

In Memory of Bud Frank

In this special lecture, Professor Rabil will walk you through the maps, challenges, threats and prospects surrounding what has become the most dangerous tri-border in the world. Based on field research trips, the most recent in the summer of 2019, and interviews with Lebanese, Syrians and Israelis, Professor Rabil will underscore the danger of war, as well as the prospects of stability in this highly tense and politically, militarily and historically complicated area of the world.

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Video link will be in class' lecture notes. Click here to learn how to access lecture notes for registered classes.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # S1R9V — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Wednesday, August 26 2020
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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Walking the Israel-Lebanon-Syria Tri-border with Professor Rabil

In Memory of Bud Frank

In this special lecture, Professor Rabil will walk you through the maps, challenges, threats and prospects surrounding what has become the most dangerous tri-border in the world. Based on field research trips, the most recent in the summer of 2019, and interviews with Lebanese, Syrians and Israelis, Professor Rabil will underscore the danger of war, as well as the prospects of stability in this highly tense and politically, militarily and historically complicated area of the world.

Click here for a video preview.

Video link will be in class' lecture notes. Click here to learn how to access lecture notes for registered classes.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # S1R9 — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Thursday, April 16 2020
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

Register Now
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