Joseph Sassoon

Joseph Sassoon, born in Baghdad, is Professor of History and Political Economy and Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library. His previous books include the prize-winning Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party, The Iraqi Refugees and The Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.
The Sassoons
One of the great commercial dynasties of the 19th century, the Sassoons were as eminent as traders as the Rothschild were bankers: a handful of Jewish refugees exiled from Ottoman Baghdad who forged a mercantile juggernaut trading cotton and opium, whose vast network of agents, informants and politicians bridged East and West, beyond their new home in India. Descendant Joseph Sassoon, Professor of History & Political Economy at Georgetown, draws on 130 years of...