Tag Archives: Lebanon

Advice for adoptive parents.

I am often asked my advice concerning adoption actions in progress, and I am always taken aback at such requests and the burden they place on adoptees. They demand of us a stamp of approval that I, for one, refuse … Continue reading

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Malcolm X Returns to Beirut

This was my second piece for Land of Gazillion Adoptees/Gazillion Voices [link to article], originally published in May of 2015.

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إذا رجع ابني | Should my son come back…

[These are the words of the mother of one of the disappeared during the Lebanese civil war. Source unknown; contributed by Zeina Allouche. Further coming full circle: Above the communal crypt of my mother’s final resting place was a mirror … Continue reading

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To my students…

  Last night I had the pleasure and honor of hanging out with some former students of mine. Over the years, whenever someone would ask me why I did not have children, or else would compel me to have children, … Continue reading

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Daniel, Ibn Bahija.

Seest thou one who denies the Reckoning? Then such is he who harshly repulses the orphan…. —The Small Kindnesses, 107:1–3 We are as splinters, expelled from the body. The corpus surrounds us, englobes us, and drives us out; it then … Continue reading

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On orphans, adoption, and Islam.

Many thanks to Asma Uddin and @AltMuslimah for allowing me the space to reply to the previous article I cited a few days ago. An excerpt: To conclude, in 1948 the United Nations defined an aspect of genocide to include … Continue reading

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Fellowship Lecture: Citizen, Denizen, Alien

Adoption via Lebanon: Practices of Extirpation and Their Impact on Kinship, Community, Identity, and Citizenship Presented under the gracious auspices of The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut

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Citizen, Denizen, Alien: Lecture • Film Screening

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB presents: A fellowship lecture on the topic of adoption via Lebanon by Daniel Drennan, followed by a screening of the film Memory: Unknown, which documents those adopted via Lebanon to Scandinavia and their … Continue reading

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On regaining Lebanese nationality.

In my current research, I’ve been looking into various conceptions of citizenship, the nation-states of source and adoption, as well as the ephemeral nature of what makes for adoptee identity and sense of belonging. Coincidentally, I recently submitted the last … Continue reading

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Lebanese Adoptees: Books

The following list is devoted to books by Lebanese adoptees, usually in the language of receiving country, but often translated into one or more languages currently spoken in Lebanon. I do not wish to review the books, and obviously I do … Continue reading

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