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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

53

History of Druze - Request for information

Julie Makarem

Previous ADS National President

The

History

of

the

Druze

in

America

by

Julie

Makarem

ap-

pears on her website the American Druze

americandruzeheritage.com, as well Society website, ‘www.druze.com.

as on Julie

ﻻو

wrote the history from 1908 until 1970, and Ajaj Andari wrote the

history from 1971 to 1996.

Julie has updated the history until the

present time. The History has been an excellent source of mation for researchers, as well as for the American Druze Druze in all other countries.

infor- & the

Julie started collecting American Druze Society (ADS) mate- rial and memorabilia since she went to the first convention as a youngster in 1947. However, she turned the material over to the American Druze Society’s officers when she went to live in Leba- non with her husband, Dr. Sami Makarem. She has not been able to recover the material for all of the early years of the Society’s existence; therefore, as she wrote the history for those years, many years were unavailable. Therefore, she asks that anyone who may have ADS material, whatever years for which they may be, send the material to her. She will pay for the postage, and if requested, return the material to the sender. The material will be given to the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library where Julie’s papers are stored in the archives (see: americandru- zeheritage.com, Bentley Historical Library, Julie Makarem Papers, University of Michigan).

Nassib Makarem wins Calligraphy Award

From: United Arab Emirates

On April 4, 2008, Nassib Makarem won an award for his calligraphy from the Emir of Shargha who also bought one of

his

paintings.

He

is

the

only

Druze artist participating calligraphy events in all UAE.

in of

the the

Much progress has been made since the inception of Al Bakourat Al-Durziat, and the establishment of the American Druze Society. There has been growth in numbers of members as well as activities. Conventions have continued yearly with the cooperation of the local community and national board and each year improvements are seen. Our conventions continue to dem- onstrate the unity, closeness and caring among our people.

El-Bakaurat Ed-Dirziyat and ADS material requested:

In his exhibitions, the young

Nassib won a number of certificates from Arab calligraphy exhibitions and the latest certificate from the Islamic Arts Festival in the United Arab Emirates which was under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Al-Bayan newspaper and Nahdat Al-Arab newspaper ADS Visitor, Joe Nappa Publisher “Our Heritage’ various publishers “Our World” Kathy Stevenson Publisher

Also, if you have any copies of the Al-Bayan newspaper pub- lished in Washington, D.C. or Nahdat Al-Arab newspaper pub- lished in Hamtramic, Michigan, as well as any information regard- ing these newspapers, please send them or a photocopy to me. The two newspapers are crucial for our history.

The young Nassib S. Makarem is the grandson of the world renowned calligrapher Sheikh Nasib S. Makarem.

Sheikh Nasib S. Makarem who is known for writing 276 words on one side of a 'grain of rice.' You will see the 'grain of rice' on his website. You can see the famous artist's work, the paintings of his grandfather, Sheikh Nasib S. Makarem on his website, www.nasibmakarem.org as well as those of the grandson, Nassib S. Makarem on

www.americandruzeheritage.com,

(click

on:

Druze

Please send any relevant material & articles to:

Mrs. Sami Nasib Makarem, 7869 Hamlet CT, Canton, MI, 48187, Phone: 734 453 9113; 313 605 1192.

Religion, then, click on Eid al-Adha, then click on Nassib S. Makarem) to take you to the paintings. The difference is stunning, and the beauty of both is as well.

AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

EMAIL: ALFAJER_THEDAWN@HOTMAIL.COM

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