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is an Assyrian-American educator and historian who taught courses on the history of the Middle East
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and its relationship with the West at Franklin & Marshall College
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(F&M) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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from 1961 to 1988.
The son of religious refugees from the turmoil created by World War I
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Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...
Persia, John Joseph attended the American School for Boys in Baghdad
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. Pennsylvania missionary Calvin Staudt who, with his wife Ida, founded the school, occasionally sent students to his alma mater, F&M. Joseph arrived in 1946, received his degree from F&M in 1950, and subsequently earned a Ph.D from Princeton University
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. In his long teaching career at F&M, he inspired many students, including business executive Andrew Schindler, class of '72, who contributed the leading sum for the construction of the Joseph International Center at F&M, dedicated to the study of the world's languages, culture, history and politics. Following his retirement from full-time teaching, John Joseph has held the title of Lewis Audenreid Professor Emeritus of History.