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Monseigneur Camille Moubarak[edit | edit source]

Lebanese thinker

Monseigneur Camille Moubarak
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Born (1947-12-15) 15 December 1947 (age 72)
Kfarniss, Lebanon

Born December 15, 1947 in Kfarniss, Lebanon, Mgr. Camille Moubarak is a pedagogue, scholar, researcher, poet, writer, political activist, and Maronite priest[1]. He is best known for his social and political doctrines conferred in Lebanon, for the maintenance of peace and social cohesion in a country torn by tensions and intercommunal strife. He is currently the Dean of the Doctoral School of La Sagesse University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Core of his Work[edit | edit source]

Reading the books of poetry of Mgr. Moubarak, one can easily sense the dominant harmony of the classical types of rhymes (end, internal, slant, rich, eyes or identical rhymes) respecting the sonic need of the listener. As for the content, Mgr. Moubarak combined French symbolism and German contemplation, making his poetry a school of thought that draws closer to philosophy, but not farther from romanticism. His poetry - rich in faith - calls on the reader to contemplate existence as it is.

His socio-political publications are clearly influenced by Jürgen Habermas and Alasdair MacIntyre without denying the principles of liberalism that acknowledge the existence of the individual before the state and the nation. They reflect a clear respect for what the school of Communitarianism stands for, stressing on the need of finding commonalities that bring people together for an acceptable and peaceful coexistence among minorities; especially after the massive migrations, the societies currently has no longer a single cultural face. These common denominators do not contradict the bill of human rights, but they consist of other foundations such as: respect of motherhood, uplifting of the disenfranchised, importance of child care, and safety of the environment. His motives in all that are to avoid all the causes of cultural conflicts that might lead to military stages. His reform-oriented ideas are in phase with those of the two Canadian Will Kymlicka and Charles Taylor.

Teaching Career[edit | edit source]

Mgr. Camille Moubarak started his educational journey at the Protestant Institute in Beirut, and the Lebanese League School, College Notre-Dame de Jamhour (Jesuits school), to end at La Sagesse Brasilia in Beirut. From a school teacher to a college professor at the Institute of Theology - University of St. Joseph (Jesuits order), and at La Sagesse University, Mgr. Moubarak taught anthropology, ethics, multiculturalism and political science. Topics already treated in many of his books to be mentioned later on.

He became the administrator of La Sagesse School in Beirut in 1987 (1987-1997), then La Sagesse School of Jdeideh, Metn, in 1997 (1997-1999), to end up as the President of Sagesse University between 2011 and 2015[2], as he served previously as Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations for fifteen years. In 2015 he received the Deanship of the Doctoral Institute at Sagesse University.

Revolutionary and innovator, he endorsed the shift from traditional educational system to a project-based one.

Moubarak the Priest[edit | edit source]

He was ordained priest on June 9, 1984 and served in a number of Maronite parishes within the archdiocese of Beirut such as Saint Joseph at Ashrafieh, Our Lady at Ain Saadeh, Saint George at Beit Mery, Saint Antony at Jdeideh El Metn and lately Our Lady at Hadath. In all stages of his service, he was active in the pastoral field and the theological and social preaching. He was elevated to the dignity of Chorbishop[3].

Early Life and Education[edit | edit source]

Mgr. Camille Moubarak son of Moubarak Moubarak and Zahia Chahine, was born on December 15th, 1947. He used to be homeschooled by his parents until he joined the school of Lebanese Missionaries in Jounieh, Lebanon. After that, he was sent to the public school of Ain Dara and then to the secondary public school of Furn el Chebbak where he finished secondary school with a concentration in philosophy. He later joined the University of St. Joseph of the Jesuits in Beirut, where he majored in Literature and graduated with a PhD. His dissertation was titled "Ibn Khaldun's Racial Discrimination." Afterwards, he went for another major in Philosophy and Theology at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - Jounieh. Then he went to Rome and joined the Pontifical Lateran University where he deepened his studies in economic, political and reformatory theories, and graduated with a doctorate degree in Social Ecclesial Doctrine. His thesis was titled "The Issue of Minorities between Politics and Religion."

Publications[edit | edit source]

In poetry:

  • Disappointment, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2000)
  • Letters to me from me, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (1998)
  • Travel without Distances, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (1996)
  • When the Wounds Bloom, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (1992)
  • Lanterns that don’t turn off, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (1987)

In Prose:

  • Fruits of Trials and Tribulations, Volume III, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2015)[4]
  • Fruits of Trials and Tribulations, Volume II, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2013)[5]
  • Fruits of Trials and Tribulations, Volume I, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2012)
  • Truth and Safety to All of You, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2010)
  • The Cultural Roots of the Lebanese Wars, in collaboration with Dr Jean Boulos, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2009)[6]
  • Principles of the Social Ecclesial Doctrine, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2007)
  • I Know What I believe in, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2007)
  • Reflections of the Holy Week, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2005)
  • Meditations on the Silence of Words, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2005)
  • Dialogue without Colors, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2004)
  • The Problem of Minorities and the Frameworks for Intercultural Coexistence (French), Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2002)
  • Multiculturalism in the Contemporary Political Mind, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2001)
  • Anthropology and Social Ethics, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (2001)
  • Before the Wheat Spikes are Mature, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (1999)
  • God on the Tongues of Poets, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut, (1994)
  • The Story of the Lebanese Reality, (1976)

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Père Camille Moubarak. "Le Liban, un wakf de Dieu"". MAGAZINE. 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  2. "ULS - Faculté de Gestion Hôtelière avec la certification académique de l' Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne - Father Camille Moubarak New President". www.uls.edu.lb. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. "Camille Moubarak élevé à la dignité de chorévêque". L'Orient-Le Jour (in français). 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ""من جنى التجارب III" ... جديد الأب كميل مبارك" (in العربية). Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  5. "من جنى التجارب II جديد الأب كميل مبارك حِكَم تعزف سمفونية الحق والخير والجمال". An-Nahar. 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2018-09-16. line feed character in |title= at position 44 (help)
  6. "«الجذور الثقافية للحروب اللبنانية» للأب كميل مبارك والدكتور جان بولس". Mustaqbal. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2018-09-15.

Category:1947 births Category:Lebanese philosophers Category:Living people Category:Political philosophers Category:Holy Spirit University of Kaslik alumni Category:Pontifical Lateran University alumni Category:Philosophers of social science

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