President Shukri al-Quwatli with Egyptian novelist Taha Hussein at the Orient Club in 1945

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Fourth from left is Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Mughrabi, then the Egyptian novelist Taha Hussein, serving then as his country's Minister of Education, Prime Minister Fares al-Khury, President Quwatli, the poet Mohammad al-Bizm, Mohammad Kurd Ali, president of the Arab Language Assemblage, and Arif al-Nakadi.