- Ahmad Reda
Sheikh Ahmad Reda (1872-1953) ( _ar. الشيخ أحمد رضا) was one of the foremost scholars of
Arab literatureand linguistics.
Nabatiyeh, he was a main supporter of King Faisal's Greater Syrian rule , following the Arab Revoltin the First World War. As a writer, a poet and a linguist, he was a member of the Arab Academy of Sciences in Damascus, and considered to be one of the greatest intellectuals to have emerged from Greater Syria, in the twentieth century.
He was one of the three reformers to have started a scientific and social renaissance movement in
Jabal Amel, the other two being historian Mohammad Jaber al-Safaand sheikh Suleiman Daher. They had formed a prominent intellectual gathering, known as "the Ameli Three", helping establish foundations and associations aiming at eradicating illiteracy in the region. This movement was part of what is known as Al-Nahda. He and his companions spent two months in Aley's military prison, because of the group's violent stands against the Ottoman rule.
Sheikh Ahmad Reda wrote "Matn al-lugha", the first dictionary of
Arab languagesince "Lisan al-Arab", written in the 13th century. He was described by Egyptian scholar Ahmad Amine as the "greatest writer in the Levant, and the greatest linguist in the Arab world". He is the uncle of prominent scientist Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah.
List of Arab scholars
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