Jamil bin Habib Al-Khoury Saliba was a Syrian philosopher, author, teacher, lawyer, linguist, journalist, and translator. Born in the town of Qaraoun in the Beqaa Valley, he studied in Damascus and graduated from the Arabic Preparatory School. He enrolled at the Sorbonne University in Paris majoring in education, literature and law, and also received his PhD in philosophy before later moving back to Damascus. He was appointed teacher of philosophy at his alma mater, the Arabic Preparatory School, and later became head of high school education at the Ministry of Education, head of the Teachers College, head of the Committee of Education and general secretary for the Syrian Ministry of Education. He also served as dean of the college of education at Damascus University and then president of the Lebanese University in 1958. He was elected to be a member of the International Committee for the Publication and Translation of Human Masterpieces representing UNESCO and also became a member of the International Committee for Educational Sciences and the Board of Directors at the Arabic Encyclopedia. In 1933 he published Al-Thakafa (The Culture) magazine and the Ministry of Education’s Al-Tarbiya wa Al-Ta’lim (Upbringing and Education) magazine. Among his notable writings include The Courses of Modern Criticism, The History of Arabic Philosophy, The Philosophical Lexicon, The Future of Education in the Levant, From Fiction to Reality and Intellectual Orientations in the Levant and its Effect in Modern Literature.
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