Ameen Rihani Organization
"For most of the world, there's no greater symbol of America than the Statue of Liberty. It has been an inspiration to generations of immigrants. One of these immigrants was a poet-writer named Ameen Rihani. Gazing at her lamp held high, he wondered whether her sister might be erected in the lands of his Arab forefathers. Here is how he put it: "When will you turn your face toward the East, oh Liberty?""
President George W. Bush, 2008


A Chant of Mystics and Other Poems

5-3/4 x 8 inches
121 pages, hard cover
US $45




A Chant of Mystics and Other Poems

This collection of poetry carries a Sufi message. The 31 short poems are close to the sonnet in form, with the exception of the title poem. The presence of nature in this poetry suggests both Eastern transcendentalism and Western mysticism. The lengthy title poem has six parts: The first is related to the beginnings; the second part is a tribute to sufi poets; the third part is concerned with freedom; the fourth with awakening; the fifth highlights our dreams; and the sixth is a transcendental view of the world.

Written in 1921.

This is a rare edition published in 1970.


Ameen Rihani: Bridging East And West

6 x 9 inches
202 pages, soft cover
US $25




Ameen Rihani: Bridging East And West

In April 2002, 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.

Published in 2004.


Arabia's Contribution to Civilization

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
74 pages, hard cover
US $20




Arabia's Contribution to Civilization

This book includes lectures on the Arab contribution in the fields of culture, science, philosophy, and poetry. These lectures were delivered in institutions of higher education such as the University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, and Taylor University. Rihani has also presented one of his lectures on Arabic poetry at the Poetry Society of America in New York.

The dates of these lectures span between 1930 and 1939.


Critiques in Art

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
200 pages, hard cover
US $25




Critiques in Art

This collection of essays in art appraisal deals with the schools of impressionism, pointilism, cubism, fauvism, futurism, and others. The essays also review artists who worked during World War One, as well as the art of landscaping in America, prints of modern masters, American etchings and aquatints, and the Oriental influences in Western performing arts. Most of these essays were first published in prestigious art magazines in the U.S., such as The International Studio and The Print Connoisseur.

Written between 1918 and 1922.

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Extremism and Reform (translated from Arabic)

5-3/8 x 8 inches
76 pages, soft cover
US $10




Extremism and Reform (translated from Arabic)

This is a book of social assessment that deals with Lebanese and Eastern afflictions during the early 20th century, such as injustice, ignorance, passivity, fear, oppression, and sectarianism. Rihani calls for equality, solidarity, and progress. His ideas for reform seek to combine "natural evolution" with "social development" and "moral progress." He also calls for an intellectual revolution against corruption as one way of reforming the nation and saving the East. For Rihani, education is the cornerstone of intellectual achievement.

Written between 1925 and 1927.

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Juhan

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
100 pages, hard cover
US $20




Juhan

This book is a novelette that takes place during World War I and tells the story of a free-thinking Turkish woman who seeks to translate the values of Western modernity into her own Muslim cultural context while remaining true to her culture and religious legacy.

Written in 1917.


Letters to Uncle Sam

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
54 pages, hard cover
US $20




Letters to Uncle Sam

The four public messages explain Rihani's efforts during World War One to support the Allied Powers as part of his duty as a citizen. He calls on fellow Arab-Americans to support the Allied Powers, terming it an act of freedom and democracy for one "supreme national purpose to which every social and political philosophy must submit." The author also explains the role he played in Mexico where he met with Lebanese, Syrian, and other Arab emigrants to uphold the principles of freedom and democracy.

Written between 1917 and 1919.


Myrtle and Myrrh

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
65 pages, hard cover
US $20




Myrtle and Myrrh

A collection of English poems written by Rihani during the first few years of the twentieth century. This pioneering work paved the way for English poetry in Arab-American literature in the U.S.


Poster of Rihani Excerpts

18 x 24 inches (with shipping tube)
1 pages, cover
US $15




Poster of Rihani Excerpts

A collection of extracts from Rihani's English books The Book of Khalid, The Path of Vision, A Chant of Mystics, and from his Arabic book The Rihani Essays. These twelve quotes depict Rihani's thoughts regarding the synergies that exist between the cultures and traditions of the East and West, some of his philosophical views, and the moral and spiritual values of mankind.


The Book of Khalid

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
364 pages, hard cover
US $35




The Book of Khalid

Considered by many scholars to be Rihani's masterpiece.
In this philosophical and autobiographical novel, Khalid's experiences and transcendental philosophy are traced in three phases of his life. These phases are outlined in the sections of the book, which include: "In the Exchange" (New York), "In the Temple" (Mount Lebanon), and "In Kul Makan" (Everywhere, or from Baalbeck to Cairo). From business to politics, and from emotional to intellectual challenges, the "new prophet" Khalid leads the way to a new Empire that combines the virtues of East and West, spirit and matter, art and science. Khalid realizes that his country is about to speak and that he is her "chosen voice." This is where Khalid, the new Superman, enjoys the religious inspiration of Asia, the expressive art of Europe, and the scientific advances of America.

Written in 1911.


The Book of Khalid: 100 Years of Selected Writings

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
330 pages, hard cover
US $30




The Book of Khalid: 100 Years of Selected Writings

This books gives the reader a clear picture of the various reviews and reactions to The Book of Khaled since it was published in 1911 until today. Together with letters from the author and his colleagues, a collection of articles are published from American newspapers and magazines upon the publication of the first edition of the book. At a later stage, essays dealing with specific aspects of the book are depicted as samples of what was published in Lebanon and other countries. These were followed with more scholarly papers on the book during the last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty first century. This collection of essays shows the way studies on The Book of Khalid were developed during the last twenty years and the increased interest in different parts of the world in the book and its themes.


The Essential Rihani

5 x 7-3/4 inches
289 pages, soft cover
US $15




The Essential Rihani

This book was compiled in commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani.

Published in 2011.


The Fate of Palestine

5-3/4 x 8 inches
127 pages, hard cover
US $45




The Fate of Palestine

This book is a series of lectures by Rihani as well as articles published in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. These essays represent the Arab point of view on the question of Palestine. Rihani highlights the historical, legal, and political backgrounds of Palestine and calls for a mutual understanding between the Jews and the Arabs and highlights their need for each other. He seeks to win people's minds and hearts for tolerance, humanity, and munificence. For Rihani, cooperation between the Jews and Arabs would "awaken a new spirit of progress and light a torch of knowledge, freedom and power in Arabia and the Near East".

Written between 1927 and 1939.

This is a rare edition published in 1967.


The Lore of The Arabian Nights

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
104 pages, hard cover
US $20




The Lore of The Arabian Nights

The book is a literary study of the major characteristics of the tales of One Thousand and One Nights. This study discusses particularly the armor of illusion in the Nights, the gods, the jinn, women, magic, the fantastic and fabulous, realism, and controversy. Rihani highlights the Arab genius of the creators of the tales as well as its western tranlators. He ended this book with a comparative study of the three English translations, namely those of Edward Lane, John Payne, and Richard Burton, including samples of their work.

Written between 1928 and 1930.


The Luzumiyat

5-3/4 x 8 inches
123 pages, hard cover
US $45




The Luzumiyat

The Luzumiyat are selections of the poetry of Abul 'Ala' Al-Ma'arry translated by Rihani. In the preface, Rihani refers to Al-Ma'arry as the "Lucretius of Islam" and the "Voltaire of the East." His poetry can be described as social and intellectual criticism that warns against the wiles of the world where human rights and human gratitude are often strangled by Fate. In his translation, Rihani adheres to the spirit of Al-Ma'arry's poetry, which is also known for its liberal religious outlook.

Translated in 1903.

This is a rare edition published in 1978.


The Pan-Arab Movement

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
84 pages, hard cover
US $20




The Pan-Arab Movement

A series of lectures delivered by Rihani between 1929 and 1937 at American universities such as Princeton University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, The University of Chicago, and University of Kentucky. Covered topics include The Future of the Near East, Secret Springs of the Pan-Arab Movement, Ibn Sa’oud and Pan-Arabia, Europe and the Stages of the Pan-Arab Movement, Challenges of the Pan-Arab Movement, Progress of the Pan-Arab Movement, Rising Arabia, and The Pan-Arab Dream.


The Path of Vision

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
112 pages, hard cover
US $20




The Path of Vision

This collection of essays by Rihani compares aspects of East and West. The essays are grouped into two parts: the first focuses largely on America, while the second deals with Lebanon and the Levant. Rihani seeks to engage the true heroes of the new world whom he sees as the agents of the "World-Spirit." He introduces three American writers who most influenced him, viz, Walt Whitman, Henri David Thoreau, and Ralf Waldo Emerson. A recurring theme in these essays is to return "spiritual science" to the Orient.

Written in 1921.


The Rihani Essays

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
531 pages, hard cover
US $45




The Rihani Essays

The English Translation of Ar-Rihaniyyat

The English Translation of Ameen Rihani’s book Ar-Rihaniyyat is published by Platform International, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. The translation is completed by Dr. Rula Zuheir Baalbaki, from the American University of Beirut - English Department, and reviewed by Dr.
Amal Saleeby Malek, from Notre Dame University, Lebanon - Education, English and Translation Department. This publication is issued in celebration of Ar-Rihaniyyat centennial (1910-2010) anniversary. Articles in the book include, “Who Am I?”, “From Brooklyn Bridge”, “From the Rooftops of New York”, “Modern Civilization”, “The Spirit of Our Times”, “The Great City”, “Conducts of Life”, “The Value of Life”, “Ethics”, “What is Happiness”, “The Trilateral Wisdom”, “The Scattered Truth”, “The Devil’s Message”, “The Book of Dawn”, “Inside the Hearts of the Genius”, “Trinities”, and “The Most Exalted Prophet”… One of the characteristics of this translation is the inclusion of specific footnotes relating Ar-Rihaniyyat with other Arabic and English works of Rihani. It also includes a thematic index categorizing the essays into their philosophic, literary, political, and social aspects.

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The White Way and The Desert

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
178 pages, hard cover
US $25




The White Way and The Desert

This book is a collection of essays and lectures some of which published in American newspapers and magazines, or delivered in universities, cultural institutes and associations in the United States and Britain. This collection is rearranged according to subjects and trends of thought. Within each topic, attention is given to chronological order. The author deals with issues of East and West, the Desert, Agnosticism and the Devil, Women, Travel, A Tree of Knowledge and Inspiration. He addresses specific concerns with social and cultural themes such as Where East and West Meet, My East and West, Romantic Desert of Fact and Fiction, Escape from Civilization, The Amphora of the Devil, The Liberty of Women, The English Women, Women in the Near East, A Pilgrimage to Byblos, Spring in Lebanon, My Poet Companions, Education, and The Majestic Lebanon.

Written between 1898 and 1937.


Wajdah

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
105 pages, hard cover
US $20




Wajdah

Wajdah is a play in four acts. Princess Wajdah, a Yemenite who lived in the seventh century, faces the challenge of reconciling faith and reason. Her dilemma is brought to a head when a young man who says he is her long-lost son appears. Her search for the truth and her anguish make her struggle more intense. Finally, she runs away to the desert to face a dramatic end. Rihani portrays a defiant Arab woman who questions everything and defies norms. It is believed to be the first play written in English by an Arab author.

Written between 1908 and 1909.


Waves of My Life and Other Poems

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches
186 pages, hard cover
US $25




Waves of My Life and Other Poems

This poetry collection of 186 pages includes 88 poems distributed in four sections: Sonnets (6 poems), The Poetic Journey (63 poems), Arabic Songs and Poems (17 poems), and Drama Verse (2 texts). The book also contains four pictures of the original manuscript, two pages in the poet’s own handwriting, one page typed on his typewriter, and a copy of Rihani's enlarged signature in English

Written between 1905 and 1940.