It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Professor Suheil Bushrui, the distinguished author, poet, critic and translator, at the age of 84. A university professor for over 60 years, Bushrui taught at universities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and was particularly revered as an authority on the works of W. B. Yeats and Kahlil Gibran. He was the Emeritus Professor and first incumbent of the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland, where he was also a Senior Scholar of Peace with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management.
A Fellow of the Temenos Academy, and the recipient of many international awards, Bushrui’s publications were extensive in both English and Arabic, and include The Wisdom of the Arabs, The Prophet: A New Annotated Edition and The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race. His most recent publication, Desert Songs of the Night, was published to critical acclaim by Saqi Books in August 2015. The anthology, co-edited with James M. Malarkey, is a unique and extraordinary collection of the finest poetry and prose by Arab writers, from the Arab East to Andalusia, over the last 1,500 years.
Saqi Books was delighted to have the pleasure of working with Professor Bushrui over the past few years, sharing his knowledge of and passion for Arabic literature and bringing it to a new audience in the English-speaking world.