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Spirits Rebellious
Author: Kahlil Gibran
ISBN: 45240
Pages: 121
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Publisher: The Philosophical Library, Inc.
Book Type: Hardcover
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Copyright 1947.
3 stories: Madame Rose Hanie, The Cry of the Graves; Khalil the Heretic
Translated from the Arabic by Anthony Rizcallah Ferris. Edited by Martin L Wolf
From the Editor's Preface:
Soon after publication of the original Arabic of Spirits Rebellious at the turn of the century, considerable agitation and intrigue developed. The book was publicly burned in the Beirut market place by furious church and state officials who adjudged it poisonous, and fiercely dangerous to the peace of the country. Lebanon was then suffering virtual slavery under oppressive Turkish rule.

Gibran's bitter denunciation of both religious and political injustice prevalent at the time, brought also his anticipated exile from the country and excommunication from the church, although his parents were staunch Marionites. It was the story Khalil the Heretic, in particular, which drove the Sultan and his Emirs into trepidation, and caused nervous authorities in the entire Middle and Near East to examine into their governments.