Ameen Rihani Organization
"Light, Love, and Will – the one is as necessary as the other; the one is dangerous without the others. Light, Love, and Will are the three eternal, vital sources of the higher, truer, purer cosmic life."
Ameen Rihani, 1911
.: News & Events     Call for Papers - Conference at NDU and AUB on The Philosopy of Ameen Rihani



The Institute of Lebanese Thought at Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon

In collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, Religious and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at NDU

And in cooperation with the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature at The American University of Beirut (AUB)

Will organize a conference on

The Philosophy of Ameen Rihani

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 23, 24 and 25, 2016


                  



Rationale
It is well recognized that Ameen Rihani was a distinguished bilingual man of letters, a leading writer to support freedom and human rights, a sincere promoter of building intellectual bridges between East and West; he was as well, the Founding Father of Arab American Literature, and a genuine advocate of modern thought in order to pave the way for modern literature and modern art.

It is perhaps less known that Ameen Rihani is also a philosopher due to the fact that he did not leave works in classical philosophy. His philosophy is not a classical built up system by itself as much as it is a concern, a trend of thought, and a means towards a further goal. His human philosophy aims at building a better future for humanity, whether in literature, art and sciences, in politics, or in the history of human thought.

Rihani scholars tend to believe that his Philosophy is based on seven fundamental factors and eight essential schools of thought: the philosophic factors could be summarized in the following: agnosticism, reason, ethics, divinity, freedom, life, and truth; and the philosophic schools may be found in: social and spiritual evolution, transcendentalism, pantheism, idealism, reality of mysticism, national commitment, the Great City, and bridging East and West.

Conference Topics
The purpose of this conference is to examine those factors and philosophic schools and determine their impact on Rihani’s thought as expressed through his literary and political works in Arabic and English. Based on the above, the conference committee suggests to discuss the following topics:
  • Agnosticism and Rationalism in Rihani’s Thought
  • Rihani’s Belief in Ethical Values and Behavior
  • Transcendentalism in Rihani’s Approach to the World
  • Pantheism in Rihani’s Philosophy
  • The National Thought Versus the Human Attitude according to Rihani
  • Rihani’s Great City or the Sublime of a Bright Future for Humanity
  • East and West according to Rihani, a Bridge, a Dialogue, or another Image of the duality of Spirit and Matter?

  • Date and Venue
    Professors of Philosophy, Comparative modern Thought, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arab American Cultural Relations are invited to participate in this conference that will take place on November 24 and 25, 2016, at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.

    Abstracts and Brief Bio Submission
    You are kindly requested to send your abstracts, of 250-300 words, together with a brief bio of 150-200 words, not later than Monday 7th of March 2016, to:
    Ms. Pauline Nohra, Coordinator
    Institute of Lebanese Thought
    E-mail: pnohra@ndu.edu.lb ilt@ndu.edu.lb

    Acceptance Notification
    Within 7-10 days from the date of abstract submission.

    Final Paper Submission
    Not later than Monday, September 26, 2016, to be sent to the e-mails mentioned above.

    Conference Program
    The final program of the conference will be sent to you no later than Thursday, October 20, 2016.

    View Conference Program (Released in late October, 2016)




    Rihani's Philosophic Writings in English

    (or translated into English)



    Book Article or Chapter Pages

    Agnosticism
    The White Way and the Desert Agnosticism 71-73
    Wajdah A Play on Skepticism and Faith 102 pages
    The Path of Vision The Highest Ideal
    Minds and Monominds
    Touring and Commuting
    19-23 (20)
    25-28 (27)
    29-32 (31)

    Rationalism
    The Rihani Essays, Book I The Lights of Thought 68-71
    The Rihani Essays, Book II A Non-Religious Sermon
    The Mind and the Body
    Seeds for Teachers to Sow
    The Upbringing of Children
    In Defense of Light
    327-332
    357-358
    449-453
    498-501
    502-507
    The Path of Vision Minds and Monominds 25-28

    Philosophy of Ethics
    The Rihani Essays, Book I Ethics
    Smile
    199-225
    248-250

    Philosophy of Freedom & Democracy
    The Book of Khalid, Book II The Dowry of Democracy 97-111
    The Path of Vision Citizen and Yogi 91-94

    Philosopy of Divinity & Immortal Soul
    The Rihani Essays, Book I The Wisdom of the Maker 78-80
    The Rihani Essays, Book II Divinity
    Between Me and Myself
    The Anonymous Friend
    300
    348-351
    454-456
    The Book of Khalid, Book III The Disentanglement of the Me 203-213

    The Philosopy of Life
    The Rihani Essays, Book I Conducts of Life
    The Value of Life
    155-159
    160-170
    The Rihani Essays, Book II The Margin of Life
    The Crocus and the Red Anemones
    352-356
    475-481

    The Philosopy of Truth
    The Path of Vision The Question of Pontius Pilate 47-50
    The Rihani Essays, Book II The Scattered Truth
    The Great Truth
    336-340
    374

    The Philosopy of Transcendentalism
    The Book of Khalid, Book I The Cellar of the Soul 46-57
    The Book of Khalid, Book II To Nature
    The Kaaba of Solitude
    Signs of the Hermit
    95
    171-180
    181-188
    The Book of Khalid, Book III The Desert 302-315
    The Path of Vision A Footnote of Nature
    From Concord to Syria
    My Native Horizon
    Mine Own Country
    37-40
    57-60
    61-65
    67-72
    The White Way and the Desert Spring in Lebanon
    My Poet Companions
    The American Sun
    The Majestic Lebanon
    143-146
    157-158
    161
    163-165

    The Theory & Philosophy of Evolution
    The Book of Khalid, Book III Union and Progress 250-261
    The Path of Vision “Myself When Young Did Early Frequent” 51-54
    The Rihani Essays, Book I Between Theology and Science 178-181

    The Philosophy of Pantheism
    The Book of Khalid, Book III Revolutions Within and Without
    Adumbrations
    262-271
    283-294
    The White Way and the Desert The Amphora of the Devil
    Where East and West Meet
    The White Way and the Desert
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    75-84
    15-22
    33-41
    123-124
    The Rihani Essays, Book II The Trilateral Wisdom
    Trinities
    287-292
    470-474

    The Philosophy of Idealism
    The Book of Khalid, Book II The Vineyard of the Kaaba 202-213
    The Path of Vision The Highest Ideal
    The Question of Pontius Pilate
    19-23
    47-50
    The White Way and the Desert The Plant of the Ideal 147-156
    The Rihani Essays, Book I What is Happiness? 255-260
    The Rihani Essays, Book II The Foundations of Happiness
    In the Spring of Despair
    Optimism
    The Most Exalted Prophet
    Candles and Suns
    301-306
    311-318
    341-344
    486-491
    492-495

    The Philosophy of “Mysti-Realism”
    or Mystical Reality
    The Book of Khalid, Book III The Voice of the Dawn 214-219
    The Path of Vision The Path of Vision
    The Mysticism of Reality
    Minds and Monominds
    “Myself When Young Did Early Frequent”
    Change and Exchange
    9-13
    15-18
    25-28
    51-54
    87-90
    The White Way and the Desert My East and West
    Romantic Deserts in Fact and Fiction
    23-32
    45-50

    The Philosophy of National Commitment
    The Book of Khalid, Book III Union and Progress
    A Dream of Empire
    250-261
    272-282
    The White Way and the Desert Escape from Civilization 51-55
    The Pan Arab Movement The entire book 1-71

    The Philosophy of The Great City
    The Rihani Essays, Book I The Great City
    Equality
    The Spirit of Our Times
    139-145
    146-149
    117-121
    The Book of Khalid, Book III The Self Ecstatic 220-229
    The White Way and the Desert The Liberty of Women 87-92




    Editions referenced above are:

    The Book of Khalid
    Illustrated by Kahlil Gibran, afterword by Todd Fine, Melville House Publishing, Brooklyn, New York, 2012, originally published by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1911, ISBN: 978-1-61219-087-7

    The Rihani Essays
    Translated from the Arabic of the book Ar-Rihaniyyaat with a forward by Rula Zuheir Baalbaki, M.A., revised by Amal Saleeby Malek, Ph.D., Platform International, Washington, DC, First Edition, 2010, ISBN: 1-930733-09-7

    Wajdah
    A play on skepticism and faith, Platform International, Washington, DC, First Edition, 2001, (posth), ISBN-10: 0963434993, ISBN-13: 978-0963434999

    The Path of Vision
    Edited by Mary-Angela Willis, Ph.D., Platform International, Washington, DC, Fourth Edition, 2008, ISBN: 1-930733-06-2

    The White Way and the Desert
    Introduction by Allan B. Nichols, Platform International, Washington, DC, First Edition, 2002 (posth.), ISBN: 1-930733-02-X

    The Pan Arab Movement
    Edited by Mary-Angela Willis, Ph.D., Platform International, Washington, DC, 2008 (posth.), ISBN: 1-930733-07-0




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