Gallery Al-Quds: The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America

an exhibition of rare and unique books from early in the last century


Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Senior Scholar, Palestine Center

  •  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.              


Exhibition Dates:  November 13- November 22, 2019 


Biography of Speaker

Dr. Edmund Ghareeb has served for over nineteen years as a member of The Palestine Center Committee at The Jerusalem Fund, advising on programs and conferences. An internationally recognized expert on the Middle East, Kurds, Iraq, and media issues, Ghareeb was the first Mustafa Barzani Scholar of Global Kurdish Studies at American University’s Center for Global Peace. He taught at AU for 28 years as well as at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and in Qatar, the University of Virginia, and the George Washington University. He is the author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement and The Kurdish Question in Iraq, and the co-author of War in the Gulf and The Historical Dictionary of Iraq. Ghareeb is also the editor of Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media, the first book to explore how the American media covers Arabs and Arab affairs. He was translator and editor, with Naseer Aruri, of Enemy of the Sun, an anthology of modern Palestinian poetry. Ghareeb has written and lectured extensively on U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Iraq, the Kurds, and Gulf politics, U.S.-Arab relations, Arab-Americans, the American media’s coverage of the Middle East, and the information revolution in the Arab world. He worked as a journalist for a number of years and has been interviewed widely by major American, Arab, European, and Asian media outlets.






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