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

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Nathan C. Funk, Betty J. Sitka
University Press of America, 2004 - History - 181 pages
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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 peace.
 

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More than Tolerance Rihani on Intercultural Reconciliation Prof Nathan C Funk George Washington University
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CrossCultural Approaches to Reconciliation Ameen Rihani and H G Wells Prof Ameen Alhert Rihani Notre Dame UniversityLebanon
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The Search for Peace and EastWest Reconciliation in Rihanis Prose Poetry Terri DeYoung University of Washington
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The Limits of Reconciliation Rihanis View of State Zionism Prof Christopher Vasillopulos Connecticut State University
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CONVERGENT HORIZONS RIHANI CARLYLE EMERSON THOREAU AND TOLSTOY
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Rihani and Carlyle on Revolution and Modernity Geoffrey P Nash University of Sunderland UK
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Rihani Emerson and Thoreau Dr Walter Edward Dunnarent III
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Leo Tolstoy and Ameen Rihani The Interaction Between Two Creative Worlds Prof Mikhail Rodionor Russian Academy of Science St Petersburg
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Ameen Rihani Daring to Dream Prof Halim Barakat Georgetown University
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UNDERSTANDING PEACE WITHIN ONESELF WITH OTHERS AND AMONG NATIONS
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Understanding Peace through Rihanis Spirituality Ahdul Aziz Said American University
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Rihanis Peace Prof Henry H Melki Lebanes University
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Ameen Rihanis Humanist Vision of Arab Nationalism Prof Nijmeh Hajjar Australian National University
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AnNajwa Prayer by Ameen F Rihani1
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Timeable of events in Ameen Rihanis life and in the world
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List of Rihani Selected Works
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BELONGING AND UNIVERSALISM
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The Formation of a Universal Self Prof Rihani and Byron Naji Oueijan Notre Dame University Lebanon
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Ameen Rihanis Vision of Globalization Matrimony Not Hegemony Nuwar Mawlawi Diah Lebanes American University
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Index
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Biographies of Editors and Contributors
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About the author (2004)

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 University.

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