Khalil Hawi is accepted by critics as one of the leading poets of the Arab world, and this admirable translation by Fuad Said Haddad opens a door to his writing for those who do not read Arabic. The book also aims to provide readers of English with a demonstration of new trends in Lebanese poetry, hence the two poems by Nadeem Naimy, here translated for the first time. The English translations of the poems are printed alongside the Arabic originals.
The papers presented here are in the original languages in which they were delivered: eight in English, three in Arabic and one in French. A wide variety of subjects are covered, from Islam in Africa and Islamic law and contemporary issues, to Sufism and Muslim Art.
Kamal Salibi is primarily renowned for his monumental contributions to the history of Lebanon. Yet his scholarly legacy extends well beyond Lebanon to topics that span the Middle East from biblical to contemporary times. This collection of twenty-three papers, written in Dr. Salibi's honor and memory, similarly covers a range of subjects that touch upon his interests. They include aspects of ancient, medieval, and modern Arabic/Islamic and Middle Eastern history, literature, and art, and are arranged in four sections: (a) Kamal Salibi as Teacher and Historian; (b) Lebanese, Ottoman, and Arab History; (c) Islamic Studies; and (d) Syriac Studies.
Some aspects of the intellectual and social history of the Arab East between 1890 and 1939 are considered in these seminar proceedings. A review in the International Journal of Middle East Studies commented that this is an “indispensable work for scholars interested in the crosscurrents of intellectual, political, and social thought." There is an emphasis on dimensions not previously explored, such as nationalism, relations with the West, political and social reform, and the role of literature. Thirteen papers examine various aspects of the political aspirations and ideals of the times in Cairo, Beirut, Jebel Lubnan, and Jebel ʿAmel, Damascus, Baghdad, and Sanʿa.
Kahlil Gibran's work is well known and has been widely published in many languages. The substance of this book, however, is contained in the photographs of original manuscript pages of Gibran's writing. Some are parts of published works such as The Prophet, but the book also contains four fragments published here for the first time. Sections begin with a description of the manuscript, and there is a transcription of each page opposite its photograph. These are the first Gibran manuscripts, apart from his letters, to be published in this way. They are of great interest because they demonstrate the process by which Gibran refined his writings into their final form.
This volume provides the first comprehensive survey of land tenure in the Middle East over several millennia up to modern times. Its thirty-two papers bring to this theme an interdisciplinary approach and enable the reader to follow the various threads – historical, social, economic, political, legal – related to the evaluation and development of land tenure systems in the Middle East. Land tenure is a vital element in social transformation; it is quite literally the backdrop to history. Where the Middle East is concerned this theme has not received the concentrated and collective treatment it richly deserves. This volume is of great importance to all who are interested in the history, society, economy, and agriculture of the Middle East, and scholars of land tenure in other regions of the world will find in it ample material for comparative interpretation.