Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West

Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West : A Pioneering Call for Arab-American Understanding

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In the summer of 1888, Ameen Fares Rihani (1876-1940) left the shores of his native Lebanon to begin a new life in the bustling metropolis of New York City. Few could have guessed at the time that the young Rihani would soon become one of the most famous and distinctive Arab writers of the era, transforming tales from his crossings between East and West into a clarion call for understanding and cooperation between a rising world power and an Arab world that was suspended between cultural renaissance and political recolonization. Less than a year after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Ameen Rihani Institute and the American University Center for Global Peace convened a distinguished group of Arab, American, and European scholars for an international symposium in Washington, D.C. Inspired by the conviction that Rihani's humane vision still addresses many of the most vitally important issues in global affairs, the participants in this symposium prepared stimulating writings on every facet of Rihani's intellectual journey, literary career, political advocacy, and life as a protagonist of Arab-American understanding.The result is this remarkable book demonstrating the extraordinary nature of Ameen Rihani's work as a cultural ambassador; the depth of his affinities for such writers as Carlyle, Emerson, Thoreau, and Tolstoy; and the enduring relevance of his commitments to tolerance, universalism, reconciliation, and more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 144.8 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
  • University Press of America
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0761828605
  • 9780761828600
  • 2,065,045

About Betty J. Sitka

Nathan C. Funk is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Betty J. Sitka is co-founder and Associate Director, Center for Global Peace at American University, Washington, D.C. Sitka received her Master's Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Ameen Rihani: A Meeting Point Between Two Cultures Chapter 3 Preface: A Cultural Symbol Chapter 4 Acknowledgments Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 Ameen Rihani's Imagination Liberation Movement Chapter 7 Part I: The Path of Reconciliation: The Expression of Tolerance in Rihani's Thought: More Than Tolerance: Rihani on Intercultural Reconciliation; Cross-Cultural Approaches of Reconciliation: Ameen Rihani and H.G. Wells; The Search for Peace and East Chapter 8 Part II: Convergent Horizons: Rihani, Carlyle, Emerson, Thoreau, and Tolstoy: Rihani and Carlyle on Revolution and Modernity; Rihani, Emerson, and Thoreau; Leo Tolstoy and Ameen Rihani: The Interaction Between Two Creative Worlds Chapter 9 Part III: The Importance of Belonging and Universalism: The Formation of a Universal Self: Rihani and Byron; Ameen Rihani's Vision of Globalization: A Matrimony, Not Hegemony; Ameen Rihani: Daring to Dream Chapter 10 Part IV: Understanding Peace Within Oneself, with Others, and Among Nations: Understanding Peace Through Rihani's Spirituality; Rihani's Peace; Ameen Rihani's Humanist Vision of Arab Nationalism Chapter 11 Supplication (An-Najwa Prayer) by Ameen F. Rihani Chapter 12 Biography on Ameen Rihani Chapter 13 Timetable of Events in Ameen F. Rihani's Life and in the World Chapter 14 List of Rihani's Selected Works Chapter 15 Biographies of Editors and Contributorsshow more

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