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Chapters from Rihani’s English books have been selected for text analysis in the new programs of literature for the Lebanese public and private high schools. The selections were extracted from Rihani’s following books:
- The Book of Khalid
- The Path of Vision
- Around the Coasts of Arabia
- Arabian Peak and Desert, Travels in Al-Yaman
- Ibn Sa'oud of Arabia, His People and Land
These texts will be published in the new textbook series for grades 11, 12 and 13 (equivalent to the university Freshman level). They will be in circulation beginning with the school year 1999-2000.
Future TV: The Future TV station in Beirut, Lebanon has broadcasted a program on The Birthplace and Museum of Ameen Rihani for 30 minutes on Sunday October 11, 1998. This program was produced and presented by Mr. Mohammad Masri.
Al-Watan Al-Arabi: Al-Watan Al-Arabi Magazine in Paris, France has published an article entitled The Sense of Commitment in the Comprehensive Works of Ameen Rihani. The article, published on Friday October 2, 1998, reviews Dr. Jamil Jabr's recently published book on Rihani. This book was printed and distributed by the Lebanese University Press.
Lebanese American University: On Monday October 12, 1998, the LAU Bulletin published an article on Dr. Latif Zaituni’s book entitled Semiological Study on Rihani’s Work "The Heart of Lebanon".
The book of Dr. Geoffrey Nash, The Arab Writer in English, Arab Themes in a Metropolitan Language,1908-1958, was recently published in Great Britain, by Sussex Academic Press. This book examines the English writings of four twentieth century Arab writers, all of whom were Lebanese Christians, who engaged in mediating Arab culture to the West. The author discusses the two founders of the Mahjar school of literature, the Arab-American writers Ameen Rihani and Khalil Jibran, and the two leading British-Arab writers George Antonius, and Edward Atiyah.
Dr. Nash studies their Anglo-Arab discourse and analyzes the role and impact of each of the four. The book devotes the largest number of chapters to Ameen Rihani given his prominent role in the Anglo-Arab discourse, and his impact on other writers. The author states that, "The Book of Khalid, begun around 1908, and published in 1911, is the pioneer text of Anglo-Arab discourse. Its significance as a constitutive statement of Rihani's early attempts at producing a hybrid discourse, is a point of departure which must have encouraged Jibran to experiment along similar lines". Dr. Nash, as a result of carefully analyzing Rihani's major themes of "Cross-Cultural Disclosures", "Pan-Arab Imaginings", and "Decolonizing Arabia", states that "Rihani created for himself the role of roving ambassador for the Pan-Arab cause, and in his writings originated a discourse in which the boundaries of the Arab nation incorporate the ambivalent narratives of the Islamic Arabian center, and the Christian Lebanese periphery. This hybridity called into being a new cultural space in which Christians and Muslims might live as one. The main texts in this Pan-Arab discourse are the trilogy of Arabian travel books, and The Book of Khalid". Nash continues to say, "Rihani's nationalist writings exemplify Nehru's axiom "for any subject country national freedom must be the first and the dominant urge...". The author concludes that the Anglo-Arab discourse must be recognized for the role it played in further constructing the relationship of the Arab world and the West.