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Digitized Materials from Michael W. Suleiman Collection

Digitized Materials from Michael W. Suleiman Collection


These documents are digitized items from the Michael W. Suleiman collection.

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  • Adhem, Barakat Tannous (Al-Sa'ih, 1918-01-29)
    A satirical (but realistic) account of a "Syrian" who comes to New York, peddles, then opens a store, then a big business. Having succeeded financially, he wants recognition among the educated and uses his wealth to become ...
  • Maloof, Jamil (Al-Hoda, 1906-07-13)
    "The question whether or not to establish "Syrian" schools in America is, to the author, one of the most important issues facing "Syrians." He argues against it because 1) Americans (and Presidents Teddy Roosevelt) want ...
  • Maloof, Jamil (Al-Hoda, 1904-04-18)
    A former editor of Al-Ayyam praises Rihani for his courage and states that, if he had written the book 20-30 years earlier, one of the patriarchs literally would have cut him to pieces.
  • Unknown author (Al-Ayyam, 1900-05-07)
    Criticizes the Arabic newspapers in the U.S. (of which at the time there were 8) for reckless and personal attacks on each other.
  • Unknown author (Al-Hilal, 1904-10-01)
    Selim al-Basha states that the first Arab immigrants to the Americas were from Bethlehem. They came to sell Holy Land goods. They were followed by the Lebanese.
  • Saab, Niqula Selim (Meraat-ul-Gharb, 1915-05-21)
    Argues that Archimandrite Aftimios Ofiesh is both qualified and most deserving to be the bishop of Brooklyn to succeed the deceased Raphael Hawaweeny.
  • Ross, Edward Alsworth (Century Magazine, 1914)
    Brief report on Levantines.
  • Unknown author (Al-Hilal, 1907-10)
    Details the names and years of establishment (with some mistakes) of Arabic newspapersin the U.S., as well as some of the Arab literati there.
  • Unknown author (Al-Hilal, 1903-10-15)
    Includes a list of Arabic newspapers published in the U.S.
  • Rihbany, Abraham Mitrie (Beacon Press, 1918)
    Rihbany wrote this book as a plea to the U.S. to "save the Near East," mainly "Syria" -- i.e., present-day Lebanon, Syria, Mandatory Palestine and Jordan. In the process of arguing that "Syrians" are capable of ruling ...
  • Rustum, As'ad (Al-Hoda, 1904-11-12)
    A poem that attributes Arab-American backwardness to sectarianism and the greed and despotism of the clergy.
  • Abdou, Nagib Tannous (Al-Hoda, 1903-04-29)
    Freedom is distinguished from license, which leads people to go beyond modesty and what is socially acceptable--as some Syrian/Arab men and women in the U.S. do.
  • Rihbany, Abraham Mitrie (War Work COuncil of the Unitarian Churches, 1917)
    Argues that the essence of religion is the same but that conflicts arise over forms, i.e., doctrine.
  • Unknown author (Al-Kalimah, 1907-03-01)
    Useful listing of the various Syrian Orthodox churches in the Brooklyn parish, their locations and the serving priests, as well as information about them.
  • Masri, Faris Mansour (Al-Bayan, 1911-02-28)
    Suggests establishing a Druze Society in the U.S.
  • Qamar, Sulayman (Al-Hoda, 1903-05-05)
    Argues that one primary cause for the lack of progress of Syrians in America is absence of social interaction with Americans. Also, for peddlers, lack of self-confidence makes them believe that Americans will not hire ...
  • Abikhater, Ibrahim Selim (Al-Wafa, 1908-02-02)
    The immigrant Arab first engaged in commerce, and only later turned to education and culture. A disadvantage of emigration is the "freedom turned to license" among Arab women who immigrated without their husbands.
  • Abdou, Nagib Tannous (Al-Hoda, 1903-02-13)
    Two part article briefly spells out the causes of Syrian/Arab emigration, the trials and tribulations of travel, the corruption of brokers, and life in America for the new immigrant.
  • Abdou, Nagib Tannous (Kawkab America, 1893-03-31)
    Essay on advantages and disadvantages of Syrian/Arab emigration. Advantages: Collect a fortune; learn English; tourism; experience dichotomy between East and West. Disadvantages: Death of many emigrants; failure for some; ...
  • Salibi, Amin (Al-Hoda, 1902-02-12)
    Complains about the large number and dishonesty of Maronite priests who come to the U.S. to collect funds for allegedly worthy church or civic causes. Suggests forming a committee to limit, supervise and monitor such activity.

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