Weekly Report 3

A famous Arab musician i found interesting was Khalil Gibran a philosphical essayist, artist, novelist, and poet. He was born January, 6th 1883. He was born in Bsharri, a mountainous region in northern Lebanon which at the time was subject to Ottoman rule. Gibran was influenced by the lush scenery in Bsharri which he often wondered in when he was young, he was also influenced by an event in his life when he was 10. He fell off a cliff, wounding his left shoulder. His family strapped it to a cross for 40 days, this reminded him of Christ. Gibran also grew up poor, he could not afford to go to school. A village priest visited him to teach him the basics of the Bible along with Syriac and Arabic languages. The priest also taught him the alphabet and basics of language. Gibran and his mother and half brother moved to the United States on June 25th, 1895 due to his father being sent to prison for tax evasion. They settled in Bostons south end. It had the 2nd largest Syrian community behind New York at the time. Gibran entered school on September 30th, 1895 in an ungraded class for immigrants who had to learn English from the beginning. A mistake happened when he was being registered for school, it shortened his name to Khalil Gibran for the rest of his life despite many attempts to change it back. Gibrans curious nature took him to Boston’s cultural side. He was exposed to theatre, opera, and art galleries. He soon took to drawing which his teachers took attention too. They contacted Fred Holland Day, a artist and supporter of the arts who further taught him about the arts. Gibran would go on to have his art exhibit in Boston in 1904, study art in paris with  August Rodin from 1908 – 1910, in 1912 he settled in New York where he devoted himself to writing and painting, and finally in 1920 he founded “Mahgar” a society for Arab  writers. He died on April 10th, 1931 in New York. His most famous work is “The Prophet” a book of 26 poetic essays. It was translated into 20 languages. Gibran wrote poems both in Arabic and English.  https://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/gibrn.htm      http://leb.net/gibran/


Weekly Report 3

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