The Beirut Call: The Strongest Souls Emerge Out of Suffering

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“I am more than honored to be part of an amazing team of contributors whose testimonials, perceptions, narratives, and stories highlight the change-making arts and cultural scene here in Beirut. Together, these academics, poets, artists, activists, and individuals engaged in a wounded city, reveal glimpses of their thinking and doing, offering inspiration for other communities facing wars, crises, instability, and despair—and when negotiating with margins of varied forms. As “border individuals”, “cultural amphibians”, and harnessers of creativity for change, many of the people featured in this anthology have mastered the art and act of crossing borders along textual, political, and cultural margins; they humbly encourage us to challenge carefully guarded territories, deconstruct concepts of unitary, essentialized or monolithic identities, learn lessons from the past, live in the present beyond mere survival, seek justice, engage in dialogue with one another, and gather hope for tomorrow. As Edward Said writes, they are, “responsive to the traveler rather than to the potentate, to the provisional and risky rather than to the habitual, to innovation and experiment rather than the authoritatively given status quo.”

The Beirut Call contributors remind us that humanity is formed in and by the complexities of overlapping territories and intertwined histories. They remind us of the benefits flowing from arts and culture, as these help shape reflective individuals; facilitate greater understanding; increase empathy and respect; promote not only civic behaviors such as voting and volunteering but also viable alternatives to current assumptions; help fuel a broader political imagination; help minority groups to find a voice and express their identity, and help peacebuilding and healing by assisting communities to deal with the sources of trauma and bring about reconciliation. 

All contributions to The Beirut Call inspire us to think about the impacts of arts and culture on cities and urban life, urban regeneration, modes of engagement with cultural activities, tasks that are neither all metropolitan nor all peripheral, and acts in the spirit of initiating dialogue across asymmetrical divides and of peripheralizing centers… They inspire us to deconstruct the internalized status quo and articulate coalitions between differences. They inspire our souls to re-emerge, or as Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, poet, and artist Gibran Khalil Gibran once wrote: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”.

Source: “Out of the Margins: Towards the Rise of Beirut’s Arts and Culture Scene? Introduction to The Beirut Call Anthology” by Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, in The Beirut Call, Harnessing Creativity for Change, 2021.


About The Beirut Call:

The Beirut Call is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.

The Beirut Call brings together individuals who think, do and create to inspire and communicate diverse approaches in facing wars, crises, instability, and despair; people who are turning to the arts and culture as a way to engage audiences through deep and emotional connections to bring about change, and who are imbuing their work with social and political messaging to advance the issues about which they feel most passionate.

The Beirut Call presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the diaspora, but it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal (local-global) issues — war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, resilience, artistic activism, human rights, feminism, social justice, intercultural dialogue… — which can be discussed in a range of settings such as in schools and universities, arts & culture workshops and learning programs, youth and community centers, women’s groups, NGOs, as well as alternative education programs.

Proceeds will help Nabad continue to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

Edited Book: THE BEIRUT CALL: HARNESSING CREATIVITY FOR CHANGE.
Editors: Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi.
Publisher: Dar al Kalima University, Bethlehem – Palestine.
Production, Printing, and Distribution: Elyssar Press, Publishing company in Redlands CA.
Date of Publication: April 2021.
Language: English.
Availability: The book is available in Digital Format and Hard Copy with hardcover.

Contributors: Anthony Semaan, Carmen Yahchouchi, Cliff Makhoul, Dorine Potel Darwiche, Faten Yaacoub, Frank Darwiche, Joelle Sfeir, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Loulou Malaeb, Mitri Raheb, Nada Raphael, Nadia Wardeh, Omar Sabbagh, Pamela Chrabieh, Rabih Rached, Reine Abbas, Roula Azar Douglas, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Salibi, Wadih al-Asmar


CHECK OUT https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND PURCHASE.

“Active Citizenship towards an Inclusive Society” Conference – Amman

مداخلتنا الليلة انا وزميلتي الدكتورة ناديا وردة عن بحثنا في لبنان والاردن وفلسطين حول التعليم عن الحوار في الجامعات والمساق يلي تم تطويره عن الحوار في المجتمعات العربية، وتوصياتنا لتفعيل الشراكة الإقليمية واقلمة التعليم عن الحوار لبناء ثقافة حوار إقليمية تحضن الثقافات المحلية. شكرا أيضا لمداخلات الدكتور الشيخ محمد النقري عن أهمية كتاب ارشاد او قاموس للمصطلحات الدينية للحد من الصراعات وإدارة حسنة للعلاقات المسيحية الإسلامية والدكتورة اناس ديب لعرض نتائج تنفيذ المساق في جامعة دار الكلمة
– pilot project

Thanking also Dar al-Kalima University and CAFCAW for this much-needed conference, The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Amman for hosting it, and all participants for their valuable contributions. 

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh and Dr. Nadia Wardeh, August 20, 2021.
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تحت رعاية الأمير الحسن بن طلال وبتنظيم من جامعة دار الكلمة والملتقى الأكاديمي المسيحي للمواطنة في العالم العربي بالتعاون مع المعهد الملكي للدراسات الديني

The Beirut Call – Interview by Elyssar Press

Watch this interview by Elyssar Press with Dr. Mitri Raheb, Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, and Ms. Roula Salibi on “The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” anthology.

The Beirut Call is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.

Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi.

Contributors: Mitri Raheb, Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi, Joelle Sfeir, Nada Raphael, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Azar Douglas, Loulou Malaeb, Wadih Al-Asmar, Rabih Rached, Carmen Yahchouchi, Anthony Semaan, Omar Sabbagh, Nadia Wardeh, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Faten Yaacoub, Reine Abbas, Frank Darwiche, Dorine Potel, Cliff Makhoul.

Publisher: Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture.

Production/Distribution: Elyssar Press (Redlands, CA-USA).

Cover photo: Nada Raphael.

The book is available in Digital Format and Hard Copy with hardcover. Go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information. Proceeds will help the Nabad program further support artists, small creative enterprises, and arts NGOs in Lebanon.

Follow us on Instagram @nabad.art, @elyssarpress, on Facebook @nabad.art @thebeirutcall

Read also this article about the Interview, published by Elyssar Press: Art as a Political Tool: The Beirut Call Interview, June 1, 2021.

The Beirut Call in Barnes & Noble

“The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” is now available in print in Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3oKPayX, in print, in the UK, on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3oIgFsV; and as an ebook on Booktopia, Australia: https://bit.ly/3vhBFJo

It is also available as a hardcover on Amazon, and as an ebook on Kobo.com, Lehmanns.de, Chapters.indigo.ca, and Fnac.com.

AMAZON.COM:
https://amzn.to/3bEKoxD
KOBO.COM:
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-beirut-call
FNAC.COM:
https://tinyurl.com/tduzrmvh
CHAPTERS.INDIGO.CA:
https://tinyurl.com/453wh6vf
LEHMANNS.DE:
https://tinyurl.com/yj33y9c6

Proceeds will help Nabad further support artists, small creative enterprises, and arts NGOs in Lebanon. Get your copy and support artists in Lebanon!

Cover photo Nada Raphael

The Beirut Call Hardcover is now on Amazon

Proud to announce that “The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” anthology hardcover is now available on Amazon, and as an ebook on Kobo.com, Lehmanns.de, Chapters.indigo.ca, and Fnac.com. Proceeds will help Nabad further support artists, small creative enterprises, and arts NGOs in Lebanon.

AMAZON.COM:https://amzn.to/3bEKoxD

KOBO.COM:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-beirut-call

FNAC.COM:https://tinyurl.com/tduzrmvh

CHAPTERS.INDIGO.CA:https://tinyurl.com/453wh6vf

LEHMANNS.DE:https://tinyurl.com/yj33y9c6

Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi.

Contributors: Mitri Raheb, Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi, Joelle Sfeir, Nada Raphael, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Azar Douglas, Loulou Malaeb, Wadih Al-Asmar, Rabih Rached, Carmen Yahchouchi, Anthony Semaan, Omar Sabbagh, Nadia Wardeh, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Faten Yaacoub, Reine Abbas, Frank Darwiche, Dorine Potel, Cliff Makhoul.

Publisher: Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture.

Production/Distribution: Elyssar Press (Redlands, CA-USA).

Cover photo Nada Raphael.

Follow us on Instagram @nabad.art, @elyssarpress, on Facebook @nabad.art @thebeirutcall⁠ or go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information.

Get your copy today and support artists in Lebanon!!

The Beirut Call Anthology is now Available on Lehmanns.de, Chapters.Indigo.ca and Fnac.com

THE BEIRUT CALL ebook is now available on Lehmanns.de! Get your digital copy today! ⁠https://tinyurl.com/yj33y9c6

Also on Chapters.Indigo.ca! https://tinyurl.com/453wh6vf

and on FNAC.COM! https://tinyurl.com/tduzrmvh

Follow us on Facebook @thebeirutcall.⁠@daralkalimauniversity, @nabad.art⁠

Photo credit: @nada.raphael⁠

“The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” Virtual Book Launch

We had an amazing virtual book launch event via Zoom organized by Elyssar Press and sponsored by the Shuffle Collective (California – USA), and which full video will soon be shared.

“The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change” is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring 21 artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.

Proceeds will help Nabad continue to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi, Beirut (Lebanon).

Contributors: Mitri Raheb, Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi, Joelle Sfeir, Nada Raphael, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Azar Douglas, Loulou Malaeb, Wadih Al-Asmar, Rabih Rached, Carmen Yahchouchi, Anthony Semaan, Omar Sabbagh, Nadia Wardeh, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Faten Yaacoub, Reine Abbas, Frank Darwiche, Dorine Potel, Cliff Makhoul.

Publisher: Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem (Palestine).

Distributor: Elyssar Press, Redlands-CA (USA).

Follow us on Instagram @nabad.art, @elyssarpress , on Facebook @nabad.art @thebeirutcall⁠ or go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information.

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The Beirut Call Anthology: Virtual Book Launch on May 9th 2021

“THE BEIRUT CALL…Harnessing Creativity for Change!”⁠ is a new anthology in collaboration with @daralkalimauniversity, its program @nabad.art and @elyssarpress, a publishing press in Redlands, CA.
Support our Lebanese artists and arts organizations!
Follow us @elyssarpress, on facebook @thebeirutcall⁠ or go to elyssarpress/the-beirut-call/ for more information.
VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH is set for Sunday May 9, 2021 at 10am PST (1pm EST), 8pm Lebanon Time, 6pm UK time, 9pm Dubai time. Sign up here for the event: https://fb.me/e/1XYDoqyim
Video Trailer by 5d Studios (5dstudios.org)⁠
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Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture Interreligious Dialogue Regional Curriculum in the Arab World – March 26, 2021 Webinar

We were honored to discuss our course outline Dr. Nadia Wardeh and I with our esteemed colleagues in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Qatar. Higher education in Southwestern Asia is in need of innovative regional curricula that promote dialogue towards conviviality and inclusive societies.

Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture March 26, 2021 Webinar.