The University of Balamand is a private institution, secular in its policies and approach to education. It welcomes faculty, students, and staff from all faiths and national or ethnic origins. It was founded by the Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch in 1988.

The book staircase, which is called the Staircase of Knowledge, is located next to the library. The books are almost displayed in chronological order.


The titles

The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Republic of Plato
Diwān Abū al-Ṭayyib al-Mutanbbī
Resalat Al-Ghufran by Abī al-ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Muqaddimah-i Ibn Khaldūn
The Prince and the Discourses by Niccolò Machiavelli
Discourse on Method by René Descartes
The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
FAUST by Goethe
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein
The Prophet by Khalil Gebran
al-Ayyām by Ṭāhā Ḥusayn
A Study of History by Arnold Toynbee
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Les Désorientés by Amin Maalouf
The Road Ahead by Bill Gates

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