Dec 5, 2018

A Tour of the Ameen Rihani Museum in Freike, Lebanon

Introduction In the summer of 2018, Khayrallah Center intern Hannah Chaya traveled to Freike, Lebanon to help digitize the contents of the Ameen Rihani Museum. The Khayrallah Center has embarked on an extensive project in collaboration with the Ameen Rihani […]

Nov 8, 2018

The Early Lebanese in America: A Demographic Portrait, 1880-1930

This post was written by Dr. Akram Khater, Director of the Khayrallah Center, and Marjorie Stevens, Senior Researcher. It is the third installment in the center’s Core Story, a series of essays detailing the broader history of Lebanese immigration to […]

Oct 10, 2018

Annie Abdo: A Peddler . . . A Tulsa Woman

This post was researched and written by Randa Hakim, Claire Kempa, Marilyn Drath, and Marjorie Stevens.  Annie Coury Abdo was a first-wave Lebanese immigrant to the United States whose life both defies and exemplifies elements of the traditional cultural and […]

Sep 21, 2018

Getting to Know Sheikh Youssef Stephan – Community Leaders as Role Models of Diasporic Village Communities

This article is authored by Marie Karner, a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. It is part of her dissertation project that studies different Lebanese diasporic village communities. She uses a multi-sited-research design to […]

Jan 10, 2018

Archive Spotlight: Historic Arabic Newspaper Digitization Project

In addition to our family collections, one of the Khayrallah Center Archive’s core collections is our growing trove of historic Arabic newspapers, literary journals, and magazines. Between 1890 and 1950, migrants from Greater Syria established a remarkably active and diverse […]

Dec 6, 2017

Naif Farah: A Syrian in New York

The Khayrallah Center excitedly published the digital project Syrians in New York: Mapping Movement, 1900-1930 in September of 2017. However, not all of the extensive research conducted for the project fit within its final scope. This case study of Naif […]

Nov 15, 2017

Why did they leave? Reasons for early Lebanese migration

This article is authored by Dr. Akram Khater, Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and Khayrallah Distinguished Professor of Lebanese Diaspora Studies, and Professor of History at NC State. It is part of a planned series of article […]

Oct 31, 2017

Review of “A Curious Land: Stories from Home,” by Susan Muaddi Darraj

This book review is written by Joseph Geha, professor emeritus at Iowa State University and author of two books; Through and Through: Toledo Stories and Lebanese Blonde. Geha is the 2016 Khayrallah Prize winner for his novel, Lebanese Blonde. He has authored several book reviews including Rawi Hage’s, Cockroach and Rabih […]

Oct 19, 2017

Interview with Charif Majdalani, winner of 2017 Khayrallah Prize

Dr. Akram Khater spoke with Dr. Charif Majdalani, the winner of the 2017 Khayrallah Prize, about his work and career as a Lebanese author writing about the Lebanese diaspora. Do you see yourself as a Lebanese, French, Franco-Lebanese or universal […]

Oct 4, 2017

Archive Spotlight: New Sources on Commerce and Business

The relationship between Lebanese immigrants and commerce is often shrouded in myth. As part of their efforts to gain acceptance into American society, scholars such as Kalil Bishara argued in the immigrant press that “Syrians” were descendants of sea-faring Phoenicians […]