Lebanon and AUB

​​One Hundred and Fifty​

Nadia El-Cheikh, Lina Choueiri, Bilal Orafli (eds.)
English, 2016, 352 pag es, hardcover, $40.
ISBN 978-9953-586-27-4

Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) has a proven history of positive and transformative impact on Lebanon, the Middle East, and the world. Published on the occasion of AUB's 150th anniversary, the commemorative volume, One Hundred and Fifty, is meant to serve as a lasting testimony to the extraordinary influence of AUB in its first 150 years and to set the stage for the University’s next 150 years. 

This volume examines the American University of Beirut from diverse perspectives and points of view. It deals with key moments in the early history of the University, and with its current position as a local agent with global concerns, also focusing on its complex relations with the USA and the rest of the world. Some of the chapters highlight salient personalities and important constituencies whose contributions to the legacy of AUB are recognized. Parts of the book also focus on the campus and its location within Ras Beirut, as well as their resulting interaction and mutual impact over years of growth and transformation.

One Hundred and Fifty is organized according to 5 themes:
Early History offers different views on the changing role of the University within its region, the efforts of its faculty and staff during World War I, and its leading role in advancing the education of women in the region.

AUB, the USA, and the World consists of five chapters that examine the founding of AUB’s Arab Studies program, the development and decline of the Economic Research Institute, the struggles of academic freedom, the Thomas Aquinas Affair of 1966, and the soft power wielded by AUB and other transnational universities, both in the region and in China.

Space describes the influences of New England educational institutions on the early construction of the University, the evolution of the landscape of AUB, a history of the founders of AUB in relation to that of the Anglo-American Cemetery, and changes in the Ras-Beirut neighborhood since the Lebanese Civil War.

Academic/Scientific Contributions looks at the critical work of Cornelius Van Dyck, Mansur Jurdaq, and Edward Stewart Kennedy in promoting Arabic and Islamic sciences. The work of AUB archaeologists is highlighted, and so are the contributions of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences to the region and the wider world. 

Lastly, Salient Personalities pays tribute to several distinguished individuals: Bulus Khauli, Jurji Zaydan, Anis Frayha, Kamal Salibi, Constantine Zurayk, and Wadad Kadi. The last chapter celebrates three artists with an intimate connection to AUB, namely John Carswell, Helen Khal, and Huguette Caland. 

The launch event hosted a panel including President Fadlo Khuri, Dr. Bilal Orfali, and Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro. Dr. Betty Anderson author of “The American University of Beirut, Arab Nationalism and Liberal Education” gave a keynote lecture.

Al-Atfaal wal'Harb fi Lubnaan

Haroutine Armenian and others
This book is the Arabic version of: In Wartime: The State of Children in Lebanon (see below)

Arabic, 1986, 287 pages, cloth, $12.

American University of Beirut Festival Book (Festschrift)

Edited by Fuad Sarruf and Suha Tamim

A centennial (1966-67) publication of the university similar to that published in Arabic. The fifteen papers demonstrate the diversity of AUB's research interests. Subjects include a paper on computer logic, several on health and disease, others on history and art, and one on ?The Genesis and Early History of the Syrian Protestant College? which draws on unpublished and private papers.

English, 1967, 356 pages, paper, $8.​

An American Nurse Amidst Chaos, second edition

Gladys Mouro
Eighteen-year-old Gladys Mouro left her home in New Hampshire for the American University of Beirut, where she soon became a first-rate registered nurse. But in her pursuit of adventure, Lebanon gave her much more than she had ever bargained for. Less than a year after her arrival, Lebanon's civil conflict erupted and swept her into 15 years of dealing with the tragic human consequences of war in an understaffed and unprotected hospital. This book is a personal record of living and working in a war-torn land; it is also a story of the noble survival of an institution-the American University of Beirut Medical Center and the courageous people who, against all odds, kept it alive and functioning.

English, 2001, 213 pages, cloth, $14.

Beyrut fi al-Musannafaat al-Arabiyya - [Beirut in Arabic Sources]​

Compiled by Rana Yusuf Khoury

As the title suggests, this book is a valuable compilation of extracts from Arab writers between the ninth and sixteenth centuries AD (third to tenth AH) who wrote about Beirut. The second half gives more modern accounts of people and nations who have influenced the city of Beirut.  The articles were derived from such leading Arab journals as Al-Janan, Al-Muqtataf and Al-Mashriq.

Arabic, 1995, 463 pages, cloth, $12

Daniel Bliss: Letters from a New Campus

Written to his wife Abby and their four children during their visit to Amherst, Massachusetts, 1873-1874

Written to his wife Abby and their four children during their visit to Amherst, Massachusetts, 1873-1874

Collected and annotated by Douglas and Belle Dorman Rugh and Alfred H. Howell

When the letters in this book were written, the Syrian Protestant College was just seven years old. Until 1873, classes had been held in rented premises, but during that summer a new building, College Hall, was going up on the headland of Ras Beirut, some way out of the city of Beirut.

In May, Mrs Bliss and their four children had returned to the United States for their health and the children's education. This book contains the letters written to them by Daniel Bliss, first President of what would become the American University of Beirut. Written in diary form, the letters show the excitement of the new building being completed; the frustrations and achievements of the fourteen months of separation, as well as fascinating information about daily life and the politics of the time. Above all, they show Daniel Bliss as a man enthusiastically dedicated to the task of building the college, as well as a loving family man who missed his wife and children.

English, 1993, 272 pages, 23 plates, cloth, $12.

Darwin and the Crisis of 1882 in the Medical Department​

Shafik Jeha, translated by Sally Kaya
This book tells the story of the 'Lewis Affair' at the American University of Beirut (then the Syrian Protestant College), when mention of Charles Darwin in the course of a commencement address by Professor Edwin Lewis had drastic ramifications, including faculty resignations, student suspensions, the first student protest in the Arab World, a drop in student enrollment, and the imposition of a Declaration of Principles on AUB faculty. It was a momentous event in the history of the American University of Beirut, and reverberations were felt in intellectual circles throughout the Arab World.

A Foreword by AUB President John Waterbury outlines how the issues underlying the ?Lewis Affair?, which include the controversy generated by Charles Darwin?s theory of evolution, the struggle between conservative and liberal elements of academia, and the question of academic freedom, remain pertinent to this day.

English, 2004, 197 pages, hardcover, $25

Disoriented Media in a Fragmented Society: the Lebanese Experience

abil H. Dajani
If the mass media in Lebanon are evaluated on the basis of their contribution to societal development, the author argues that a triple failure in seen in the cases of the print media, radio, and television. The issue facing the Lebanese mass media is the need to establish a balance between the three major forces operating on, and interacting with, these media, that is, the public interest, the government, and the business sector. While recognizing the positive contributions of the Lebanese mass media, the book contents that these media have contributed to the alienation of the citizenry by making them feel that they are distant and separate from the political process. ?The Lebanese media... fail to defend the public against power abuses in their society?, they divert the attention of the common man from real social and political problems to marginal ones. This illustrates the need for planning and the establishment of policies that would regulate, among other things, government and business relations with the media.

English, 1992, 190 pages, paper, $6.

The Founding Fathers of the American University of Beirut

Compiled by Ghada Yusuf Khoury
The one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations of the American University of Beirut in 1992 coincided with the beginning of Lebanon's return to peace after sixteen years of civil war. During this difficult time the university continued to function. This book is a special anniversary tribute to the founders of the university, originally the Syrian Protestant College, who laid foundations on which the college could grow and develop into one of the leading institutions of higher education in the Middle East.

The book documents seven of the original faculty: Daniel Bliss, the first President, David Stuart Dodge, Edwin R. Lewis, Harvey Porter, George E. Post, Cornelius Van Dyck and John Wortabet. Sections in English and Arabic of speeches, official papers, letters and articles?some contemporary, some more recent?demonstrate the values and principles they sought to put into practice .

English and Arabic, 1992, 447 pages, 26 photos, cloth, $15.

In Wartime: The State of Children in Lebanon

Haroutine Armenian and others
This book was published while the Lebanese civil war was still continuing. The field work on which its conclusions are based was therefore carried out under extremely difficult circumstances, but provides a unique insight into the state of children in a country where civil war had raged for ten years. Health, education, child care institutions and the psychological and physical effects of war are all surveyed and discussed. Implications for action and a summary of major recommendations for action are also included. Sadly, the book will also be of value in other parts of the world where the young are most affected by continuing conflicts.

English, 1986, 202 pages, cloth, $15.

Khutab al-Ihtifalat al-Sanawiyya - [Annual Ceremony speeches of the Syrian Protestant College (AUB)]

Compiled by Ghada Yusuf Khoury
Speeches made at all the commencement exercises of the Syrian Protestant College are collected in this volume, from the first in 1870 (five graduates) to the fifty first in 1920 when the SPC became the AUB. Also included are commentaries on the commencement exercises as they appeared in prominent contemporary newspapers, and a copy of the first diploma granted by the SPC. This is a valuable resource for all those interested in the history of education in the Middle East, and particularly in the history of AUB, the institution which sought to become a link between the society and heritage of the Arabs and those of the western world.

Arabic (some English), 1992, 485 pages, cloth, $15.

Kitab al-Id - [Festival Book]

Edited by Jibrail Jabbur

A centennial publication of the university to match that published in English. The papers demonstrate the diversity of AUB's research interests. Subjects include papers on desert life, the philosophy of Emmanuel Kant, Arabic literature and the crisis of 1882 at the Syrian Protestant College (now AUB).

Arabic, 1967, 388 pages, paper, $8.

The Moore Collection

Franklin T. Moore Photographs (1892-1902)
This unique photographic compilation, taken from long-forgotten glass plates, was published as a limited edition in commemoration of AUB's 140th anniversary and depicts scenes from Lebanon, Syria and AUB the late nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries, when Dr. Franklin T. Moore taught at the Syrian Protestant College (now the American University of Beirut). The collection constitutes an important historical archive for Lebanon and the American University of Beirut. The volume includes an introduction by AUB President John Waterbury, a socio-historical account of Ras Beirut and AUB by Professor Samir Khalaf, a history of the Moore Collection by Helen Khal, a description of the restoration process along with comments on Moore's photographic techniques by Professor Marwan El-Sabban, and a brief history of the AUB Medical Photography Department by Professor Emeritus Raif Nassif.

English, 2006, 167 pages, 105 black-and-white plates, $40

ISBN 9953-9019-3-7

The Moore Collection Book Celebrates AUB's 140thAnniversary

The Moore Collection Book: the Franklin T. Moore photographs (1892-1902) is now issued by AUB Press and commemorates AUB's 140th anniversary.
Dr. Franklin T. Moore began photographing AUB campus in 1892. He showed the upper campus buildings in various stages of completion: Dodge Hall before the addition of its extension, the Lee Observatory in its lonely seaside location, the Assembly Hall before Post Hall was built (1897). His camera captured the vast size of the new campus, the undeveloped northeastern mountains, the unpaved Bliss Street, the illustrated history of growth that intrigues and attracts for its beauty and because of the changes, which have taken place over the last one hundred years.
In addition to photos of the above the book contains Franklin Moore's photographs of science and medicine at AUB, faculty and staff contemporary to his service at AUB, and scenes from Lebanon and in Syria.

The book can be purchased at the AUB Press, Diana Tamari Sabbagh Bldg, room 408.

That They May Have Life. The Story of AUB 1866-1941

Stephen B. L. Penrose Jr.
First published to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the American University of Beirut, the book traces the development of the university during the administration of its first three presidents: Daniel Bliss, Howard S. Bliss and Bayard Dodge. From the handful of students meeting in rented premises, with which the Syrian Protestant College began, the college had developed by 1941 into an institution of nearly 2,000 students on its own site. The author, later fourth president of AUB, drew on personal reminiscences as well as original documents in writing this history.

English, 1941 (reprinted 1970), 365 pages, 35 illustrations, index, cloth, $10.

The University and the Man of Tomorrow

Edited by Fuad Sarruf

The volume comprises seven Centennial lectures presented in celebration of the first one hundred years of existence of the American University of Beirut.  The lectures draw upon AUB's past and its educational traditions to construct guidelines for the future of the University.  The subjects covered include AUB's philosophy of education, the significance of its research, and its international responsibilities and role in the developing world.  The presenters included noted academic scholars, the Director General of UNESCO, and the Director of London's National Institute for Medical Research.  

English, 1967, 125 pages, hardcover and soft cover, $5