Biography of MK Dr. Azmi Bishara


Member of Knesset (MK) Dr. Azmi Bishara holds a doctorate in philosophy, which he received from Humboldt University in Germany in 1986. His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled Methodology in the Kapital of Karl Marx: The Myth of the Unity between the Logical and the Historical. Prior to being elected to the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) in 1996, Dr. Bishara taught at Bir Zeit University for ten years and headed the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department during the years 1990-92. He is one of the principal founders of Muwatin – The Palestinian Institute for the Research of Democracy, and a social sciences journal, Theory and Criticism, founded together with Israeli colleagues. He has also worked as a senior researcher at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.  


Dr. Bishara has written several books and numerous articles on democracy, civil society and Middle East politics. Among his books are A Contribution to the Critique of Civil Society and The Fragmented Political Discourse and Other Studies.


Dr. Bishara was a key founder of the political party that he represents in the Knesset, the National Democratic Assembly (NDA-Balad). He is a frequent speaker at international conferences regarding the Palestinian question.


Web links to selected writings of MK Dr. Azmi Bishara:


A representative of Israel’s Arab minority experiences the harsh reality of Zionism” (The Daily Star, 15 November 2001)


“Mythical transformations” (Al-Ahram, 25 October 2001)


“When narratives collide” (Al-Ahram, 20 September 2001)


“Calling a spade a spade” (Al-Ahram, 6 September 2001)


“Israeli-Arabs: reading a fragmented political discourse” (Al-Ahram, 1998)


“Exhausting the dream” (Al-Ahram, 30 April 1998)