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Fuad Rifka was born in Syria in 1930 and moved to Lebanon with his parents in the 1940s. He studied Philosophy in Beirut and obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tubingen in 1965 with a dissertation on the aesthetics of Martin Heidegger. Since 1966 he has taught Philosophy at the Lebanese American University Beirut. In addition, he has spent numerous semesters as a visiting lecturer and scholar in the USA, Great Britain, Italy and

Germany. German philosophers still hold a prominent place in his syllabus. The first volume of Rifka's own poetry was published in 1961, followed by further poems and essays, as well as translations from German and English. In 1993, a translation of the Bible was issued in which he had participated. This translation resulted in a volume of 365 Bible stories for children retold by Rifka.

For his Arabic translations of German poetry, including Goethe, Holderlin, Novalis, Rilke, and Trakl, Fuad Rifka was awarded the Friedrich-Gundolf-Prize in 2001 by the German Academy for Language and Poetry, which also selected him for membership one year later. Fuad Rifka lived in Beirut.

 
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