Ameen Rihani Organization
"Rihani played an important role in the period between the world wars by acting as a cultural emissary between the Middle East and the West… Rihani immersed himself in his work, publishing a number of books expressing his own particular blend of Eastern-Western philosophy..."
John Munro, 1978
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Syracuse University Launches Rihani’s The Book of Khalid Project


The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Syracuse University, New York, has announced the launching of “Khalid Project”, with the purpose of “exploring cultural coupling through literature”. The objective of this project is to edit Ameen Rihani’s The Book of Khalid based on the first edition that was published by Dodd Mead and Company, New York, 1911, and to add the necessary footnotes that clarify the cultural terms often mentioned in the book.

Professors of Middle Eastern Studies at Syracuse, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Toronto, Canada, together with Guttenberg electronic publishing project of world classics, joined efforts to achieve this monumental venture for readers and scholars around the world.

The editors of this significant project have mentioned in the introductory notes that “unlike Khalid [we] are not ready to burn the novel”… And due to “its relevancy to today’s world” the editors invite readers to respond to this work and have this website a forum for discussion. A main feature of this project is the possibility of comparing the newly edited text together with the scanned original text of the first edition of 1911.



The reader may visit this website and add his/her comments at The Book of Khalid Project.