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Gibran Khalil Gibran hosted by the Reading Club 10th Forum


ALHOSN University Reading Club arranged for Dr. Joseph Habib Al Helou from the Lebanese University in Beirut to give a talk entitled “Gibran: a creative Experience”.  In the talk Dr. Al Helou dealt with Gibran’s childhood and early years in the northern city of Bsharri.  The city left its imprint on Gibran’s character.  Gibran’s mother also played a major role in his life and writing.

At the same time Gibran suffered a great deal from the way his father treated him, but Mary Haskell who he met in the USA, had a distinct impact on him throughout his life in the country.

Dr. Al Helou presented examples from Gibran’s sayings and artistic images as well as his museum in his birthplace.

The presentation was attended by Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni, ALHOSN University Vice Chancellor and CEO, and Professor Raymond, Tennant, the Provost.  A number of staff from the University as well as female students from the Department of Education were also in attendance.

Professor Sabouni pointed out that Gibran’s writing, in particular “The Prophet,” firmly established him as a leading creative writer.  Professor Sabouni recalled quotations from Gibran’s writing that left a lasting impression on him.

On this occasion, Dr. Mohamed Saeed Hasab Al Nabi, Chairperson of the Department of Education and the Reading Club Supervisor, acknowledged the support offered to the Club by the University.  He also pointed out the thought-provoking nature of Gibran’s work.  In-depth studies of his creative literary writing, artistic images and sculpture revealed an endless search for life’s greatest secrets on his part.

Professor Sabouni presented a certificate of appreciation from the Reading Club to Dr. Al Helou.

Lebanese-born Gibran is an American philosopher, a poet and a painter. He was born on 6th January 1883. He immigrated to the USA in 1895 together with his mother and other members of his family.  He studied art and in 1923 published “The Prophet.” Gibran Khalil Gibran passed away in New York on April 10th 1931.



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