Ameen Rihani Organization
"Rihani made it his life's mission to try to kindle among his fellow Arabs the ambition, idealism, and cohesion that he so admired in the USA."
Robert Lacey, 1981
.: His Contributions

Rihani contributed much to his community, and to the society-at-large, by way of articles that he wrote in several magazines and newspapers, lectures that he delivered at universities and literary clubs, and his participation in several literary, political and cultural associations. The list that follows, although not all-inclusive, is indicative of his contributions:

Magazines & Newspapers
U. S. A.: Al-Huda, Philadelphia and New York (1898-1904)
American
Asia, New York (1919-1939)
Atlantic Monthly, Boston (1911)
Bookman, New York (1912-1917)
Current History, Philadelphia (1929-1937)
Forum, New York (1915-1917)
Harper's Monthly Magazine, New York (1915)
International Studio, New York (1918-1921)
Literary Digest (1928)
Mercury
Modern Theater
Nation (1929)
New York Evening Post, New York
New York Times, New York (1922-1930)
Open Court (1932-1934)
Papyrus, New Jersey (1903-1908)
Phoenix, Connecticut (1910-1915)
Poet-Lore, Boston (1904-1915)
Review, New York (1919)
Survey Graphic
Syrian World, New York (1929-1935)
The Annals, Philadelphia (1922-1937)
The Dance Magazine
The Eagle
The Evening Star, New York
The Globe
The Index of Post-War Treaties
The New Republic
The New York Evening Journal, New York (1897)
The Ottoman Empire, New York (1897)
The Outlook
The Print Connoisseur, New York (1920-1922)
The Saturday Review, New York (1918-1921)
The Statesman
The Sun
The Sunday Times, New York (1929-1931)
The Time Magazine
The World
The World's Work
Travel, New York (1919-1939)
ENGLAND: Journal of Royal Central Asian Society, London (1929)
The News
The Times, London (1928-1940)
Tide
Truth Magazine
CANADA: La Presse
Montreal Herald
FRANCE: Le Temps, Paris
New York Herald Tribune, Paris
Vogue, Paris
GERMANY: Europaische Gesprache, Hamburg (1929)
INDIA: The Aryan Path, Bombay (1935)
MEXICO: La Voz de la Revolution, Mexico City (1917-1918)


Ameen Rihani in 1939
Ameen Rihani in 1939


Lectures
At an early age, Ameen Rihani developed an interest in public speaking. He was very articulate, spoke eloquently, and was often requested to speak at various universities, clubs and associations. He delivered over 200 speeches and lectures to many associations, universities and clubs in several countries of the Arab World, the United States, Canada and Mexico. The following list is a sample of his lectures:
  • Religious Tolerance
    Young Men Maronite Association, New York, NY, U.S.A., February 1900

  • The Great City
    The Ottoman Association for Science Students, Beirut, Lebanon, May 1909

  • The Ethical Revolution
    American University of Beirut, Beirut, May 1909

  • The Value of Life
    National Service Association, Sidon, Lebanon, March 1910

  • I Am the East
    The Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt, February 1922

  • My Goals and My Revolution
    Baghdad, Iraq, October 1922

  • Come To Education
    The Mubarak School, Kuwait, December 1922

  • The Evils of Fanaticism
    American University Alumni Association, Tripoli, Lebanon, May 1925

  • National Industries
    Woman's Development Association, Tripoli, Lebanon, May 1925

  • The Unity Leader of Arabia
    H. M. King Abdul-Aziz Palace, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, April 1926

  • The Reform of the Nation
    YMCA, Haifa, Jerusalem, Nablus and Nazareth, Palestine, April 1927

  • The Spirit of Arabia
    The Syrian Science University, Damascus, Syria, June 1928

  • The Arabs, and the Arab Countries of Today
    Near East Club, University of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., September 1929

  • Where East Meets West
    Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., September 1929

  • The Turbulent Middle East
    The Cosmopolitan Club, New York, NY, U.S.A., November 1929

  • The Arabs, British and Jews in Palestine
    Town and Country Club, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A., November 1929

  • Kings of Arabia
    Spencer Trask Foundation, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., January 1930

  • The Solution in Nullifying the Belfour Agreement
    Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A., March 1930

  • What the West Owes the Arabs
    The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, U.S.A., March 1930

  • East and West, Social and Political Problems of Arabia, Conditions in Northern Arabia, Arabian Poetry, The Future of the Near East
    A series of lectures, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York, July 1930

  • The Great Powers and Disarmament
    National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, Washington, DC, U.S.A., January, 1931

  • Arabs and Jews Amidst the Zionist Struggle
    Florida Forum, Florida, U.S.A., February 1931

  • The Present and Future of the Near East
    The Canadian Club, Montreal, Canada, March 1931

  • The Mission of Iraq
    The Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition, Baghdad, Iraq, April 1932

  • The Cord of Optimism
    YMCA, Jerusalem, Palestine, May 1932

  • The Weeping Literature
    The National University, Aley, Lebanon, June 1933

  • Between Two Reigns
    Literary Solidarity Association, Grand Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon, December 1933

  • We Have a Prince
    Village Square, Freike, Lebanon, June 1934

  • Politics and Religion
    The Islamic Orphanage Institution, Beirut, Lebanon, April 1935

  • In the Land of Flowers
    The Flower Festival, Bikfaya, Lebanon, August 1936

  • The Future of the Near East
    A series of lectures, Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia, U.S.A., February 1937

  • The Future of the Near East, Kings of Arabia, The Poetry of the Arabs
    A series of lectures, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A., February 1937

  • Kings of Arabia, The Arabs Role in Civilization, Economics of the Arab Countries, Arab Geography, The Civic and Social Life in the Arab World, Arab Poetry
    A series of lectures, The University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A., March 1937

  • Where East Meets West, The Arab Role in Civilization, Arab Poetry, The Civic and Social Life in the Arab World, Arab Geography, Kings of Arabia
    Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, U.S.A., April 1937

  • The Arab and Jews of Palestine
    Sacramento Community Forum, Sacramento, California, U.S.A., February, 1939

  • Who Will Rule Palestine
    Town Hall Forum, Oakland and San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., March 1939

  • The One Nation
    The Arab American Youth Association, New York, NY, U.S.A., April 1939

  • The Arabs and Spain
    College of Moroccan Studies, Tetuan, Morocco, June 1939


Rihani's Personal Library
Rihani's library in his home in Freike, Lebanon


Rihani & International Personalities
As part of his dedication to convey his literary and political message, Ameen Rihani met with a number of personalities of international reputation in literature, art and politics. He wrote about these distinguished individuals and/or corresponded with them. This chronological account shows the place and date of Rihani's first meeting with the listed individual, and the respective reference to Rihani's books:
  1. EDWIN MARKHAM, American poet and lecturer, New York, USA, Fall of 1904, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  2. MICHAEL MONAHAN, American essayist and poet, New York, USA, Fall of 1904, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  3. MOHAMMAD ABDUH, Egyptian religious liberal reformer, Cairo, Egypt, Spring of 1905, Turkey and Islam in the War and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  4. IGNAS KRATCHKOVSKI, Russian Orientalist, Beirut, Lebanon, March 1910, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  5. KAHLIL GIBRAN, Lebanese-American essayist, novelist, poet and artist, Paris, France, June 1910, Hymn of the Valleys and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  6. RICHARD LE GALLIENNE, English-American writer and poet of French origin, New York, USA, April 1911, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  7. FRANK(LIN) B. SANBORN, American journalist and biographer, New York, USA, May 1911, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  8. KEES VAN DONGEN, Dutch painter, Paris, France, May 1917, Critiques in Art, "Artists in Wartime I", The International Studio, December issue, 1918.

  9. HENRI E. MATISSE, French painter, Paris, France, June 1917, Critiques in Art, "Artists in Wartime II", The International Studio, July issue, 1919.

  10. EMILE A. BOURDELLE, French sculptor, Paris, France, June 1917, Critiques in Art, "Artists in Wartime I and II", The International Studio, December issue, 1918 and July issue 1919.

  11. THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Former President of the United States of America, Washington, DC, USA, August 1917, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  12. MAX F. EASTMAN, American poet and editor, New York, USA, July 1919, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  13. RABINDRANATH TAGORE, Indian-Bengali poet and mystic (Nobel Prize for Literature, 1913) New York, USA, November 1919, Eastern and Western Figures.

  14. TROY KINNEY, American artist, New York, USA, July 1920, Critiques in Art, "The Etchings of Troy Kinney", International Studio, October 1920, and The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  15. WILLIAM OBERHARDT, American artist, New York, USA, February 1921, Critiques in Art, "The 'Heads' of Oberhardt", The Print Connoisseur, June 1921, and The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  16. S(AMUEL). J. WOOLF, American artist, New York, USA, March 1921, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  17. WILL SIMMONS, American artist, New York, USA, May 1921, Critiques in Art, "Will Simmons and His Animals", The Print Connoisseur, December 1921, and The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  18. HELEN PEALE, American artist, New York, USA, October 1921, Critiques in Art, "The Peale Heritage", The Print Connoisseur, March 1922.

  19. H(ERBERT). G. WELLS, English writer and novelist, Washington, DC, USA, December 1921, Eastern and Western Figures.

  20. AHMAD SHAWQI, Egyptian poet and drama writer, Cairo, Egypt, February 1922, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  21. KING HUSSEIN BIN ALI OF HIJAZ, Jeddah, Hijaz, February 1922, Kings of The Arabs, Around the Coasts of Arabia, Turkey and Islam in the War and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  22. IMAM YAHYA BIN HAMEED DEEN, King of Yemen, San'a', April 1922, Kings of The Arabs, Arabian Peak and Desert, The Pan-Arab Movement and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  23. KING FAYSAL THE FIRST OF IRAQ, Baghdad, Iraq, August 1922, Kings of The Arabs, Faysal The First, The Heart of Iraq, Iraq During the Days of King Faysal The First and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  24. KING ABDUL-AZIZ AL SAOUD, founder of Saudi Arabia, An-Nufoud desert, November 1922, Kings of The Arabs, The Modern History of Najd, Ibn Saoud of Arabia, Maker of Modern Arabia, The Pan-Arab Movement, The White Way and The Desert and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  25. SHEIKH AHMAD AL-JABER AL SABBAH, Prince Governor of Kuwait, Kuwait City, January 1923, Kings of The Arabs, Around the Coasts of Arabia and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  26. SHEIKH ISSA BIN ALI AL KHALIFAH, Prince Governor of Bahrain, Al-Muharraq, Bahrain, February 1923, Kings of The Arabs, Around the Coasts of Arabia and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  27. FERRIS AL-KHOURY, Prime Minister of Syria, Freike, Lebanon, December 1927, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  28. ARNOLD J. TOYNBEE, English historian and philosopher, London, England, December 1928, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani and The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  29. PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER, President of the United States of America, Washington, DC, USA, September 1929, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  30. SIR RAMSEY J. MACDONALD, Prime Minister of Great Britain, New York, USA, October 1929, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  31. HAROLD T. PULSIFER, American poet, New York, USA, April 1931, Hymn of the Valleys and The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  32. LOUIS MASSIGNION, French Orientalist, Paris, France, May 1931, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  33. HENRY L. STIMSON, Secretary of State of the United States of America, Washington, DC, USA, September 1931, The English Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  34. PATRIARCH ANTOUN ARIDA, Head of the Maronite Church, Bkirky, Lebanon, January 1932, Nationalism and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  35. KING GHAZI OF IRAQ, Baghdad, Iraq, February 1934, The Heart of Iraq and The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  36. ELEANOR A. ROOSEVELT, First Lady of the United States of America, New York, USA, August 1937, The Arabic Letters of Ameen Rihani.

  37. KING AL-HASSAN THE FIRST, King of Morocco, Tetuan, Morocco, May 1939, The Far Morocco.

  38. GENERAL FRANCISCO FRANCO, Governor of Spain, Madrid, Spain, June 1939, The Far Morocco.





Memberships
  • Pleiades Club, New York, Member, 1903
  • Poetry Society of America, New York, Member 1904
  • National Art Theatre Society of New York, NY, Member, 1904
  • Syria-Mt. Lebanon League of Liberation, New York, Chairman & Vice President, 1917-1918
  • American Asian Society, New York, Member, 1918
  • Arab Academy of Damascus, Member, 1920
  • Authors Club, New York, Member, 1921
  • American Press Club, New York, Member, 1922
  • American Oriental Society, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Member, 1930
  • Italian Art and Cultural Club, Cleveland, OH, Honorary Life Member, 1935
  • Arab Institute of Studies, Tetuan, Morocco, Honorary President, 1939