The Politics and poetics of Ameen Rihani: The humanist ideology of an Arab- American intellectual and activist.
The Politics and poetics of Ameen Rihani: The humanist ideology of an Arab- American intellectual and activist. By Nijmeh Hajjar. New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2010, Pp. xv + 305. ISBN: 978-1-84885-266-2.
Reviewer: Homam Altabaa, PhD., Special Assistant to the Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ameen Rihani, an Arab-American essayist, a novelist, a literary translator, historian, traveler, and an activist wasborn in 1876 in a village in Mount Lebanon. He received rudimentary primary education before emigrating to the United States in 1888. Rihani was mostly self-educated through rigorous reading in Arabic and English. In 1898, he started his illustrious writing careerby contributing to Arabic newspapers in the US. He became the first Arab to write a novel in English, to write free verse Arabic poetry, and to publish books in English and Arabic upon extensive travels in Arabia. He contributed scores of articles to newspapers around the world, and was a prominent speaker on literary, social and political issues. Rihani passed away in his hometown, Freike, in 1940.