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Charles Issawi had a varied carrer in several countries. He was educated at Victoria College, Alexandria and Magdalen College, Oxford. For five years, he served in the Ministry of Finance, Cairo, and at the National Bank of Egypt. Later he worked for seven years in the Department of Economic Affairs at the United Nations in New York. Issawi joined the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton in 1975 and retired in 1986, but gave freshman seminars for many more years. Before that, he taught at Columbia University, the American University of Beirut, Harvard, and the School for Advanced International Studies in Washington.
He considered his main contribution to literature Issawi's Laws of Social Motion (enlarged edition, 1991), which embodied the wisdom he acquired over the years.