American University of Beirut

The UL remain proud home of the Saadallah Wannous collection

​The University Libraries remain to be the proud home of the personal collection of Saadallah Wannous, the venerated Syrian playwright.

The personal collection of Wannous was donated to the AUB University Libraries in 2015 and was unpacked later in February of 2017 during an event that was held at IFI, in collaboration with the Department of English, the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, the Theater Initiative, and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. You can read more about the event and roundtable, which took place upon unpacking the collection back in 2017 in this article written by the Office of Communications. 

Wannous served as an editor of the cultural section in several newspapers, before traveling to Paris, where he studied theater and was introduced to the schools of European theatre.
His career as a playwright began in the early 60's, with several short plays, focusing on the relationship between the individual and society and its authorities.

The collection of books and periodicals donated is very valuable and essential in studying theatre trends, especially in the Arab World and the Middle East, and consists of more than 5,400 titles, mostly in Arabic (with some French titles). You can view most of the material within the collection via the Library Catalog here

Researchers can also see research produced at AUB on Wannous in the below links:

The Libraries are honored to house such a collection and to play a role in preserving the cultural and intellectual heritage of the region, especially by making such material available to students, educators, and researchers.  

AUB sincerely thanks the Wannous family in general, as well as Dima Wannous and  Fayza Shawish in particular,​ for this generous and precious gift.

The Middle East Institute's Oman Library recently highlighted the work of Saadallah Wannous through a digital exhibition, mentioning the AUB collection. You can read more about this in this article posted on their website:

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