Recalling an Arab American Dream: The Story and Legacy of Ameen Rihani’s novel The Book of Khalid and The New York Public Library
PUN, Raymond (2016) Recalling an Arab American Dream: The Story and Legacy of Ameen Rihani’s novel The Book of Khalid and The New York Public Library. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 192 - Library History with Library Services to Multicultural Populations.
Recalling an Arab American Dream: The Story and Legacy of Ameen Rihani’s novel The Book of Khalid and The New York Public LibraryThis paper presents the life and contributions of Ameen Rihani as a case study of public libraries’ historical efforts in supporting immigrants in America within IFLA’s context of “connections, collaboration and community.” Ameen Rihani (1876-1940) was a Lebanese-born Arab Christian who immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. One known fact was that he frequently visited the New York Public Library (NYPL) where he read many classics and studied English. Hailed as the father of Arab American literature, Rihani wrote The Book of Khalid, which is considered to be the first Arab American Novel in English. The Book of Khalid is a symbol of Rihani’s relationship with the United States and the NYPL, and reflects on the themes of political struggles and cultural challenges of immigration, urban life and authoritarianism that still exist today.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Conference details:||IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community
Session 192 - Libraries and immigrants: historical perspectives - Library History with Library Services to Multicultural Populations
|Divisions:||Division 3 Library Services > Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section
Division 4 Support of the Profession > Library Theory and Research Section > Library History Special Interest Group
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Library history, Arab American studies, genealogy, American literature, and local history|
|Date Deposited:||06 Jun 2016 17:25|
|Last Modified:||06 Jun 2016 17:25|
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