Our History

The Lebanese Association of Women Researchers tajammu' albahithat allubnaniyyat, (or "bahithat" as we are informally known locally, both as individuals and as a group), is an independent, non-profit association whose members have been engaged in scholarly activities in Lebanon and the Arab world. The idea for bahithat arose during the long civil war in Lebanon when women scholars on both sides of the divide, refusing the forced divisions along confessional lines and insisting on the unity of the people, and wishing to carry on intellectual exchange despite the raging violence, began to meet regularly to discuss matters of intellectual interest. By the time the war ended, the meetings had become so important a part of our lives that we resolved to carry them on. We sought a more formal organizational existence, and received formal recognition in 1992.


The Association presently consists of around forty members, all of whom are women researchers active in many fields, including the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, economics, education, health, and the arts. While some of our members are independent writers and researchers, the majority are university professors, and the majority of those teach at the national Lebanese University. Others teach at the American University of Beirut, Saint Joseph's University, the Lebanese American University, the University of Balamand, The University of the Holy Spirit in Kaslik, and Notre Dame University.


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