Ludwig W. Adamec

Ludwig W. Adamec (born 10 March 1924 in Vienna, Austria) is a noted scholar on the Middle East and Afghanistan. Adamec is Professor Emeritus in the School of Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Arizona.[1] He has written and edited numerous books, including the republication of the monumental Historical and political gazetteer of Afghanistan, which had originally been compiled but was unpublished by the government in British India.


Born in Vienna in 1924, Ludwig lost his father when he was 5 years old and his mother when he was 16 years old (in 1940). He did not like the Nazi ideology and described himself as a swing kid. After numerous escapes from orphanages and attempts to cross border to Switzerland or other non-nazi country he was arrested and placed into the Moringen concentration camp, where he stayed until the end of the Second World War in Europe.[2]

In 1950, he left Austria and after travels across Europe, Asia and Africa moved to the US in 1954, where he obtained a doctorate in Middle Eastern studies.

In 1967, he came to the University of Arizona as a scholar in Middle Eastern studies. He taught the history of Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa from about 500 A.D. to present days, and also for some time taught Arabic and Persian languages at the University. In 1975, he established a Near Eastern Center at the University and headed the Center for the subsequent 10 years.

In 1986-87 he headed the Afghanistan Branch at Voice of America.[3]

List of publications



  1. Ludwig W. Adamec. Department of Near Eastern Studies. University of Arizona.
  2. The Dignity of Work, by Ludwig Adamec, from Renate S. Meissner on behalf of the National Fund (Ed.): Lives Remembered. Life Stories of Victims of National Socialism. Vienna, 2010, pages 228-235.
  3. Ludwig W. Adamec - Voice of America experts database

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