Officers and Board
Cultural Trust is an independent non-profit educational organization,
registered in May 2006. Management and staff are located in Beirut,
Lebanon, and New Jersey, USA.
al-hakawati is the Arabic word for “the storyteller”.
al-hakawati tells the
story of Arab heritage and civilization, which flowered in a region
rooted in the world’s first cultures, in the monotheistic religious
traditions, and at the crossroads between East and West. al-hakawati
tells the story of Arab culture through folktales and fairy tales from
the Arab and Islamic heritage, through biographies of personalities
ancient to modern, artists and their arts, architecture, the environment
The content of al-hakawati covers the 22 Arab states, members of the
Arab League. The content is arranged thematically in ten sections, each
with several subsections. New entries are regularly added.
al-hakawati is a free educational resource and reference, made possible
by the Arab Cultural Trust. Our goal is to reach as wide a readership as
possible, to provide each visitor to the website with a virtual library
of Arab heritage, to make learning and knowledge about the Arab world
available to all, and to promote understanding of Arab culture in the
Arabic speaking world and in the West.
We are particularly proud that al-hakawati draws a very large audience
and diverse readership. Individuals have helped supplement the website’s
content with specialized knowledge; writers and poets have contributed
their work to al-hakawati; others have contributed photos to the image
We encourage contributions from our readers to the content of al-hakawati.
Ideally, this website will represent the combined knowledge of all who
have an interest in sharing their research or their knowledge of the
Arab region. Each entry and ultimately the whole content will represent
a joint effort of all who participate and share in its creation.