Today, Google celebrated the birthday of the late Lebanese author, translator, and feminist Anbara Salam Khalidi.
Khalidi was born into a renowned family in Beirut in 1897. Her father Salim Ali Salam was a deputy in the Ottoman parliament and a merchant. Her brother Saeb Salam was a former Lebanese prime minister.
Thanks to her status, Khalidi had the privilege to travel through the Middle East. She also attended the Anglican Syrian College in Ras Beirut, which is the predecessor of the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Khalidi also studied in the United Kingdom. That was a unique opportunity that not many Lebanese women enjoyed in the early 20th century.
Her readings and travels allowed her to see the world differently. At 15, she traveled to Cairo. “The relative freedoms of Egyptian women helped inspire her progressive stance towards traditional Lebanese norms.”