What is Beit El Hekma?

Beit El Hekma or The House of Wisdom was a major intellectual institution during the Islamic Golden Age. It was founded by Caliph Harun al-Rashid as a small library and …

The Star of Bagdad – Nazik al-Malai’ka

The performance is one of  a series that Beit El Hekma is organizing to celebrate the Arabic poetry and its prominent figures like Nazik al-Malai’ka, Gibran Khalil Gibran, Mikha’il Na’ima, and others. This time it tells the story of the brightest stars of the Arabic poetry, the Star of Baghdad Nazik al- Malai’ka (1923-2007).

BEIT EL HEKMA – Gibran Khalil Gibran

As a young man, Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883 Lebanon–1931 New York)  emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.

BEIT EL HEKMA- Michael Nueima

Mikha’il Na’ima (1889-1988 Lebanon) was a poet, novelist, and philosopher. He is also called a spiritual writer because of his remarkable writings about death. He had a unique humanitarian approach. Na’ima is considered as one of the most influential figures in the modern Arabic literature. He wrote 99 books including drama, essays, poetry, criticism, short stories, and biographies.