Suheil Bushrui

Professor Suheil Bushrui (BA, PhD, Hon LHD) is Research Professor Emeritus and former Director of the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland. He is a distinguished author, poet, critic, translator and media personality, well known in the United States, Europe, and the Arab world. Widely recognized for his seminal studies in English of the works of W.B. Yeats, Professor Bushrui is also the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran.

Professor Bushrui has taught and lectured at several universities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Between 1982 and 1988, he served the President of the Republic of Lebanon as Senior Cultural Advisor and Official Interpreter.

Professor Bushrui is the recipient of numerous national and international honors, including the Lebanese National Order of Merit; London University’s Una Ellis-Fermor Literary Prize; the Temple of Understanding’s Juliet Hollister Award for Exceptional Service to Interfaith Understanding; and the First Temple of Understanding Interfaith Education Award.

Professor Bushrui’s publications are extensive in both English and Arabic; among his publications are the following: Selected Speeches of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (co-editor Professor David Cadman) (Center for Heritage Resource Studies: University of Maryland, 2006) translated into Arabic by Suheil Bushrui as Sahib al-Samou al-Malaki: Al-Amir Charles Yattahadath (Beirut: Al Saqi, 2010); The Art of Kahlil Gibran at the Telfair Museum of Art (co-authored with Telfair Museum’s Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Historic Sites, Tania Sammons) (Savannah: Telfair Museum of Art, 2010); The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race (co-authored with Dr. Mehrdad Massoudi) (Oxford: Oneworld, 2010), and its translation into Arabic under the title Turathuna al-Ruhi (Beirut: Al Saqi, 2011); Abbas Effendi (Beirut: Al-Kamel, 2011); The Literary Heritage of the Arabs, an extensive anthology co-edited with Professor James M. Malarkey (Beirut: Al Saqi, 2012), as well as a forthcoming publication (also co-edited with Professor Malarkey) entitled Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature (London: Saqi Books, 2015).

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