The Syrian World Newspapers


The Syrian World Newspapers


Arabs--United States
Arabic periodicals
Arab American Newspapers


Biographical/Historical Note

Salloum Mokarzel, a Lebanese American intellectual, founded The Syrian World in 1926. Salloum Mokarzel was the younger brother of Naoum Mokarzel, the publisher of the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hoda. Together, the Mokarzel brothers ran Al-Hoda Publishing, and in 1909, they published The Syrian Business Directory. 

Mokarzel created The Syrian World in order to document and celebrate the culture and history of "Syria." At the time, Syria referred to the modern-day countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. The publication was primarily aimed towards second-generation children of immigrants, but Mokarzel hoped that it would also appeal to the general American public.

Scope/Content Note

The Syrian World was published between 1926 and 1932 as a journal. In 1932, the format was changed from an academic journal style to a newspaper style, which continued until the periodical's end in 1935. After the death of his brother Naoum, Salloum took over the publication of Al-Hoda.

The articles in The Syrian World cover a variety of topics spanning from the practical to the theoretical. Practical subjects include international and domestic travel, historical and contemporary Arabic and Arab-American art and literature, and the mental and physical health and hygiene of immigrants. More theoretical, philosophical, and ideological subjects include ideologies of race, the changing role of women, the formation of Syrian and Lebanese-American societies, and the political and psychological relationships between immigrants and their countries of origin.

All issues of The Syrian World are available, along with full indexes for the first four volumes. For volumes five and six, there are tables of contents at the start of the issues.


Salloum A. Mokarzel


New York Public Library


Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies




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