Gallery Al-Quds: The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America
Date(s) - 11/13/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Palestine Center
The Jerusalem Fund
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
A light snack is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Collector and scholar Dr. Edmund Ghareeb discusses the little known history of Arabic language books published in the United States. He will share personal stories of his father’s encounters with Khalil Gibran Khalil, as his translator, with rare hand signed first editions.
Dr. Ghareeb will showcase such books as a volume on the sayings of Benjamin Franklin; a compendium of knowledge for Syrian Americans, including questions on the US citizenship test; books with original artwork by Gibran and many more surprises. In addition, he will discuss the Pen League. Kahlil Gibran and Mikhail Naimy founded the first New York-based Arab-American literary society, The Pen League in 1915. The Pen League was aimed at reviving Arabic literature, as well as to groom a group of up and coming Arab authors, responsible for some of the most significant literary works of the early 1900s.
Dr. Ghareeb will also touch on the many and varied topics covered by Arabic books published in the US.
The Khayrallah Center of Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina University lends some of these rare and scarce volumes.