Kahlil Gibran Collective
Glen Kalem      9 May 2024
José E. Guraieb: A Tireless Gibran’s Translator in Argentina

By Francesco Medici all rights reserved. © Copyright Francesco Medici 2024 The Arabist, writer and historian José Elias Guraieb (Yūsuf Ilyās al-Ġurayyib, 1894–1980) was born in Bāniyyās, Syria, to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. After graduating ...

Glen Kalem      4 May 2024
José Mereb from Bcharré: Gibran’s Translator into Brazilian Portuguese

By Francesco Medici All Rights Reserved © Copyright Francesco Medici 2024  José Mereb (Yūsuf Mir‘ib) was a Lebanese writer who immigrated to ...

Glen Kalem      21 Apr 2024
Kahlil Gibran and the Great Famine of Mt. Lebanon. Unpublished Documents

 by Francesco Medici all rights reserved Francesco Medici Copyright 2024 ©  The Ottoman Empire entered World War I as one of the Central Powers (together with the German and the Austro-Hungarian Empires) with a surprise attack on Russia’s Black Sea coast on October 29, 1914, which prompted Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918) and his allies of the Entente – Great Britain and France – to declare war on the Sublime Porte in November. Allied forces blockaded the Eastern Mediterranean coastal ports in order to strangle the economy and weaken the Ottoman war effort. In response to that, Djemal Pasha (Ahmet Cemâl Paşa, 1872-1922), commander of the Turkish Fourth Army and Governor of Syria, convinced that an uprising among local Arabs – of Christian faith, in particular – was...

Glen Kalem      9 Apr 2024
The Mystic Pact. A Poem Read by Mikhail Naimy at Gibran’s Memorial

by Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem-Habib all rights reserved © copyright 2024 Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem-Habib  Kahlil Gibran’s departure from this world on April 10, 1931, marked the end of an era, leaving behind a profound void in the hearts of those who cherished his wisdom. Mikhail Naimy, a trusted confidant and friend, bore witness to Gibran’s final moments at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. In his autobiography, Seventy, Naimy eloquently recounts the sombre yet transcendent atmosphe...

Glen Kalem      3 Jan 2024
“Suspected Bolsheviki” – The Classified FBI (BOI) File on Kahlil Gibran

By Francesco Medici  On August 12, 1918, Edgar B. Speer, a BOI (Bureau of Investigation)[1] special agent in the Pittsburgh office, sent to the New York office a telegram reproducing a notice from a certain Tremble, probably one of their informants or agents, who recommended his colleagues verify the following information through a search of the subject’s place: “Tremble advises from confidential sources [that] Kahlil Gibran, a Syrian alien with [an] art studio [on the] third floor, West 10 Street, has in his possession considerable mass peace propaganda—literature of Bolshevik type. [Tremble] suggests [a] search of [Gibran’s] effects may prove valuable.”

Glen Kalem      13 Dec 2023
Kahlil Gibran and Friedrich Nietzsche: Are we all trapped in a bubble?

Reposted from The Liberum  All rights reserved. © 2023  A remarkable discovery over the reading and the influence of Lebanese poet, writer, and artist Kahlil Gibran by the style of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Reading Nietzsche's posthumous essay “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” (1969) in “Le livre du philosophe” (Aubier Flammarion, 1969_ triggered this new finding: “Are we all trapped in a bubble.” By 

Glen Kalem      13 Nov 2023
Everyman & His Dog - Gibran's Borzoi

 By Glen Kalem-Habib and Francesco Medici all rights reserved Glen Kalem-Habib copyright © 2023   As The Prophet celebrates its 100th year of publication this year, many will once again acknowledge its well-deserved accolades and records. However, the enigma surrounding its enduring popularity still persists, and even after a century of readership and publishing, we continue to uncover its secrets. This article was inspired by Francdesco Medici's earlier research, which led to the publication of the insightful article

Glen Kalem      6 Jun 2023
A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran - Exhibition in New York

On June 2, The Drawing Centre New York opened "A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran" exhibit.This important exhibition features an exceptional collection of more than 100 drawings by the renowned Lebanese-American poet, artist, and writer Kahlil Gibran. This exhibition, which coincides with the historic 100th anniversary of Gibran's well-known work "The Prophet," gives a visceral voyage into the world of an incredible creative mind. Kahlil Gibran is well known for his poetry and prose, but his strong self-identification as a visual artist gives his artistic legacy even more depth. Along with his literary works, Gibran also created a wide range o...

Glen Kalem      21 May 2023
“Aatini al-Nay wa-Ghanni” (Bring Me the Flute and Sing). Fairuz Sings Gibran

"Aatini al-Nay wa-Ghanni" (Bring Me the Flute and Sing). Fairuz sings Gibran. By Francesco Medici all rights reserved © copyright 2023 Aatini al-Nay wa-Ghanni is among the greatest interrupted songs of any artist, and the 'artist' who needs no introduction in the Arab and wider world is Nouhad Haddad. Born on November 21, 1935, in Beirut, Haddad is the epitome of a Lebanese diva, affectionately referred to by her countrymen as "our ambassador to the stars." Globally, she's better known by her stage name, Fairuz, which translates to 'turquoise' in Arabic.

Glen Kalem      20 Apr 2023
A Short Treatise on the Art of Music: Translating Gibran as a Shared Experience

By Francesco Medici all rights reserved copyright © 2023 In the month of May 1903, Ameen Goryeb (Amīn al-Ġurayyib, 1880-1971), editor and owner of «al-Mohajer» (‘The Emigrant’), a daily Arabic newspaper published in New York, visited the city of Boston. Among the people who received him was the young Kahlil Gibran (Ǧubrān Ḫalīl Ǧubrān, 1883-1931), who captured the journalist’s regard with his kind manner and intelligence. The following day, Gibran invited Ameen to his home. He showed him his paintings and presented him with an old notebook in which he had set down his thoughts and meditations. When Ameen saw the paintings and read the poems in the notebook, he realized he had discovered a genius artist, poet, an...

Glen Kalem      13 Apr 2023
New Book - "In Search of a Prophet" Now in Paperback Edition

In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran Author: Paul-Gordon Chandler

Glen Kalem      12 Apr 2023
News: Kahlil Gibran Exhibition at the UN Headquarters.

Event News: For the first time in history Kahlil Gibran's life and work will be on exhbit for a short time only at the UN headquarters. In collaboration with the University of Balamand in Lebanon, The National Committee, the Museum of Gibran in Lebanon, and The World Lebanese Cultural Union-US Council, the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations Headquarters is hosting this extraordinary event. Event details: Date: ...

Glen Kalem      10 Apr 2023
The Spirit of Gibran: Amin Beder's Eulogy

By Francesco Medici copyright all rights reserved © 2023  The famed Abbasid-era poet Abu al-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi (915-965), who is today recognised as the most significant and influential in the Arabic language, had some of his Rub'ayyat (Quatrains) translated into English, and they first appeared in «The Syrian World»1 in 1931. Amin Georges Beder, the translator (1876–1955), was a merchant of Lebanese descent who had fled ...

Glen Kalem      30 Mar 2023
Exhibition: Dying Sorrow: A Kaleidoscope of Kahlil Gibran's Vision by Daniel Bonnell

Exhibition:  April 7 - May 27, 2023St. Matthew's Cathedral • Laramie, Wyoming   Opening on Good Friday, the highly anticipated "Dying Sorrow" exhibition is set to captivate art enthusiasts and admirers of the Lebanese-American poet, writer, and artist Kahlil Gibran. Hosted by the renowned arts organization, CARAVAN, this one-of-a-kind showcase features the mesmerizing works of contemporary sacred artist Daniel Bonnell, who masterfully brings to life Gibran's profound insights on human suffering and spirituality. Visit www.oncaravan.org/dyingsorrow to explore this incredible exhibition. Inspiration from Kahlil Gibran...

Glen Kalem      12 Feb 2023
The Birth of The Prophet & Kahlil Gibran's Lebanon and Syria...: Two New Books by Dalton Hilu Einhorn

The year 2023 provides a unique opportunity to celebrate Kahlil Gibran’s beloved masterpiece, The Prophet:  this is the year the book ends its first century of publication and begins its next one hundred years in the hearts of its readers.  Two new books arrive in time to help the world treasure and appreciate Gibran.  The Prophet was originally conceived in 1899 when Kahlil was a sixteen-year-old student in Beirut.  The motif and content ripened in Gibran in the United States until 1918, when he was ready to start writing, which began at the farm estate of a friend on ...

Glen Kalem      1 Feb 2023
The Prophet of War (part II)

By Glen Kalem-Habib  © all rights reserved copyright 2023 Almost a decade ago, I wrote about a newly discovered publication I found of The Prophet which I had purchased for our collections, whose relatively unknown history, was surprisingly linked to World War II. The article entitled The Prophet of War spoke of a small paperback edition of The Prophet that was not for “public sale” but was a complete copy, no larger than your average smartphone. The book came about via a joint initiative between the US government, and the newly formed not-for-profit  Council on Books in Wartime, which published pre-chosen titles under the - Armed Services Inc.   The result was the birth of the ...

Glen Kalem      4 Jan 2023
Translating Gibran’s Early Arabic Books: An Unpublished Letter of Mikhail Naimy to Alfred Knopf

by Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem-Habib American publisher Alfred Abraham Knopf (1892-1984) along with his wife Blanche Wolf (1894-1966), both born to a Jewish family, founded Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in New York City in 1915. The publishing house, which would bring out the best of North and Latin American, European, and Russian literature, soon became famous all over the world for its special attention to the quality of content, presentation, printing, binding, and design in his books.

Glen Kalem      13 Nov 2022
Why I Wrote ‘Jesus the Son of Man’: A Little-Known Interview with Gibran

by Francesco Medici Kahlil Gibran wrote his longest book, Jesus the Son of Man: His Words and His Deeds as Told and Recorded by Those Who Knew Him, in a little over a year between 1926 and 1927 and New York publisher Alfred Knopf published it in the fall of 1928. Actually, the figure of Jesus had already appeared in Gibran’s writings and art in various forms. He also often told his patroness Mary Haskell that he had recurring dreams of him and mentioned wanting to write a life of Jesus in a 1909 letter to her.

Glen Kalem      3 Nov 2022
The House of The Prophet: Gibran at Mrs. Garland’s Farm

by Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem-Habib Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet was not written in some faraway mysterious land, as one might assume from reading it. Almustafa, Almitra, and the people of Orphalese did not emanate to life in some lonely hermitage on the top of a mountain, but – unbelievable as it may seem – in a bustling and sometimes "lively and festive” estate in the countryside of Massachusetts, USA. In the spring of 1918, Gib...

Glen Kalem      16 Oct 2022
With Kahlil Gibran at the Tenth Street Studio Building - "if walls could talk"

By Glen Kalem-Habib and Francesco Medici  all rights reserved copyright 2022 © When Kahlil Gibran died on April 10, 1931, he had been living for almost twenty years in a one-room studio apartment on the third story of 51 West Tenth Street, NYC. During the latter part of his life, he’d often refer to his studio as ‘The Hermitage’ (al-Sawma‘ah, in Arabic), perhaps wanting to invoke feelings of solitude and refuge away from the sprawling city of New York. Another reason might have been to arouse thoughts and memories of his birthplace in Bisharri, Mt Lebanon, a place he longed to go bac...

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