Despite Charles Malik’s prolific career and accomplishments on the world stage, his written legacy has largely been lost to history, falling out of circulation or never making it to print. It survives in hard-to-access libraries and sometimes in languages foreign to Western readers.

The Library of Congress in D.C. holds the largest collection of Malik’s work with 114.8 linear feet of material. Below you will find the Charles Malik Institute’s ongoing effort to mine this archive, with occasional additions from other libraries, and bring Malik’s work back into public discourse.

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Our aim is that Lebanon enjoy the clear distinction of being the only country in the Middle East in which the problem of minorities has received its complete resolution.

Our aim is that Lebanon enjoy the clear distinction of being the only country in the Middle East in which the problem of minorities has received its complete resolution.

Source: Free Christianity in the Near East and the West 2

Faith | Lebanon |

The Christian society in Lebanon occupies a special position owing to the fact that it has been free and has enjoyed a continuous history down the centuries.  For this reason, the Lebanon we want to build up is anxious that…

The Christian society in Lebanon occupies a special position owing to the fact that it has been free and has enjoyed a continuous history down the centuries.  For this reason, the Lebanon we want to build up is anxious that the Christians in it remain in fact free, secure and masters of themselves and of their own values and destiny…

Source: Free Christianity in the Near East and the West 1

Faith | Lebanon | Western Thought |

The tragedy of the world today is that the traditions which embody the deepest truth are not bothering clearly, sufficiently, responsibly, boldly to articulate themselves. 

The tragedy of the world today is that the traditions which embody the deepest truth are not bothering clearly, sufficiently, responsibly, boldly to articulate themselves. 

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 8

Faith | Human Rights |

In this age of marching materialism, it is difficult to champion the cause of the spirit and mind of man; it is difficult to impress on the international community that even after man is fully secure in his so-called ‘economic…

In this age of marching materialism, it is difficult to champion the cause of the spirit and mind of man; it is difficult to impress on the international community that even after man is fully secure in his so-called ‘economic rights’ he may still be not-man. But unless man’s proper nature, unless his mind and spirit are brought out, set apart, protected and promoted, the struggle for human rights is a sham and a mockery. 

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 7

Faith | Human Rights |

If it is to understand its own historic position in its true light, Communism must thoroughly understand the fact that it is standing face to face with, and rebelling against, the West—the Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Christian, humane traditions of the…

If it is to understand its own historic position in its true light, Communism must thoroughly understand the fact that it is standing face to face with, and rebelling against, the West—the Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Christian, humane traditions of the West—and not only the unhappy West of secularism, liberalism, capitalism, and imperialism.

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 6

Communism | Faith | Human Rights | Western Thought |

The real struggle today is between those who believe in authentic, responsible, existential, and personal freedom and those who enjoy its protection in order to ‘use’ it for other ends.

The real struggle today is between those who believe in authentic, responsible, existential, and personal freedom and those who enjoy its protection in order to ‘use’ it for other ends.

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 5

Faith | Human Rights | Western Thought |

Under no circumstances should any obstacles be placed in the way of responsible investigative reason seeking to understand anything.  The peoples and cultures that hinder reason and prevent it from exploring any subject responsibly will themselves go extinct, or they…

Under no circumstances should any obstacles be placed in the way of responsible investigative reason seeking to understand anything.  The peoples and cultures that hinder reason and prevent it from exploring any subject responsibly will themselves go extinct, or they will be enslaved or continue to languish in slavery.

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 4

Faith | Human Rights | Western Thought |

Because we are with others, we are arguing and reasoning with one another all the time.  Indeed, every sentence and every discourse is a product of reason.  And so it is neither a shame nor a sin to discipline and…

Because we are with others, we are arguing and reasoning with one another all the time.  Indeed, every sentence and every discourse is a product of reason.  And so it is neither a shame nor a sin to discipline and cultivate our reason to the utmost; it is a necessity, it is a duty, it is an honor to do so.

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 3

Faith | Human Rights | Western Thought |

My first and foremost concern in all matters is the real and given truth in itself; be it a partial truth or the complete one, be it tangible or intellectual, material or spiritual, imperfect or perfect, finite or infinite, created…

My first and foremost concern in all matters is the real and given truth in itself; be it a partial truth or the complete one, be it tangible or intellectual, material or spiritual, imperfect or perfect, finite or infinite, created or creative, ephemeral or eternal. I believe that the real truth exists, and whoever seeks it properly may not miss it.

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 2

Faith | Human Rights |

Two lights alone guide us: truth and love. In their company alone we propose to walk, and if we stray from the right path, it cannot be the fault of our lights, but our own.

Two lights alone guide us: truth and love. In their company alone we propose to walk, and if we stray from the right path, it cannot be the fault of our lights, but our own.

Source: Human Rights and Religious Freedom 1

Faith | Human Rights |


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