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The most famous of the group was Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), author of The Prophet and numerous other works.
Curiously, this literary circle, which came to be known as the Pen League ( al-Rabita al-Qalamiyya ) had a negligible influence on the early Arab American communities in the United States.
The first wave between the late 1800s and World War I consisted mainly of immigrants from Greater Syria, an Arab province of the Ottoman Empire until the end of World War I.
Following the breakup of the Empire, the province was partitioned into the separate political entities of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Transjordan.
Like many economically motivated immigrants during this period, Arabs left with the intention of earning money and returning home to live out the remainder of their lives in relative prosperity.
The major exception to this pattern was a small group of Arab writers, poets, and artists who took up residence in major urban centers such as New York and Boston.
It embraces numerous national and regional groups as well as many non-Muslim religious minorities.
Arabic-speaking immigrants arrived in the United States in three major waves.Of the approximately 60,000 Arabs who emigrated to the United States between 18, approximately half were illiterate, and 68 percent were single males.