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Adel Zuaiter

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1895
  • Age: 120
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Born in Nablus in 1897 to one of the notable families of the city; completed elementary and high school education in Beirut; received his first degree in Arts from the Sultan College in Constantinople; was appointed as a reserve officer in the Ottoman Army in 1916, defected with the Arab Revolt and joined the forces of the Arab Army headed by Prince Faisal Bin Hussein; received a death sentence in absentia for this by the Turks in 1917; went to Cairo to pursue his education but was interrupted by the British Mandate of Palestine and his subsequent return to Nablus; represented the city of Nablus (together with Mohammed Izzat Darwazeh and Ibrahim Abdul Hadi) in the First Syrian Convention in Damascus in 1919, in which the proclamation of the independence of Syria was announced; contributed to the drafting of the first constitution in that era; following the French occupation of Damascus in 1920 went to the School of Law in Paris, from where he graduated in 1925; at the same time, began his early work in translation of the great works of French literature; returned to Palestine and worked as a lawyer in Nablus; also became a teacher at the Law School in Jerusalem from 1927-36; voluntarily represented some of the political activists during the Revolts of 1929-30 and 1933; represented Nablus in most of the Palestinian national conferences; became a member of one of its first Arab Executive Committees in 1928; resigned from teaching at the Law School and dedicated his efforts and career to translating over 36 volumes of famous universal thought (e.g., Montesquieu, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Voltaire, Emil Ludwig, Gustave Lebon, etc.); was elected as a member of the Iraqi Scientific Forum in 1953 and of the Arabic Language Forum in Damascus in 1955; had a heart attack whilst translating the famous book Les Penseurs de l’Islam (The Philosophers of Islam) (5 vols.) by the French author Carra de Vaux; died on 21 Nov. 1957.



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