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Ibrahim Al-Mundhir Quotes
Ibrahim Al-Mundhir (Arabic:إبراهيم المنذر) (7 July, 1875 – 25 August, 1950) He was born and educated in the Lebanese village of Muhaiditha and established a famous school “Al Bustan” in 1910 in Bikfaya. Ibrahim Al-Mundhir was a member of the Arab Academy of Sciences, studied law and took over the presidency of some courts. He was elected as Beirut’s representative to Lebanon’s parliament in 1922 and remained for 20 years. He fought against the Ottoman Empire and the French authorities. He had national, political, social and moral positions: the abolition of sectarianism, the emancipation of women, the defense of the constitution, compulsory recruitment, advocacy of Arabic literature, science and fine arts. Ibrahim al-Mundhir worked in the press and headed many associations. A fighter for Arabism, many of his articles were published in newspapers and magazines. Head of the Arab Reform Association, he was tried before the customary council and saved by his friend Shakib Arslan. The Golden Jubilee (1948) was established on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his work in literature. The great poets, Al Akhtal Al-Saghir, Rauf Khoury and others, recited his poems on this occasion. In 2009, on the occasion of the proclamation of Beirut as the World Book Capital, a ceremony was held in honor of Ibrahim al-Mundhir’s memory at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut.
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