Elie Kedourie was a conservative British historian of the modern Middle East. He was born into an Iraqi Jewish family and grew up in Baghdad. In 1950, he married Sylvia G. Haim and the couple had three children. He attended the London School of Economics and Oxford University. In 1953, political philosopher Michael Oakeshott brought Kedourie back to teach at the London School of Economics, where he remained for his entire career and rose to professor of Politics. Prof. Kedourie also founded and edited the journal Middle Eastern Studies.