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Book/Printed Material Secret of Success.

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  • Secret of Success.


  • Samuel Smiles was a Scottish author and physician. He dropped out of school at 14 years of age but returned to finish the study of medicine at the University of Edinburgh. His most famous work, Self-Help, which Ya'qub Sarrūf here translates into Arabic, made him a best-selling author and celebrity. Sarrūf was one of the earliest graduates of the American University in Beirut. He was a significant figure in what is called the Arab renaissance of the second half of the 19th century and was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 1890. As a publisher, Ṣarrūf founded the general interest magazines al-Muqtaṭaf in 1876 and al-Muqaṭṭam in 1889. He was an active translator. Secret of Success advocates self-reliance as the key to a life of advancement and prosperity. It includes biographies of notable personalities and their success stories. In this edition, he adds commentary and pertinent Arabic proverbs. Also included are indexes and a glossary of English terms. The book was first published in Beirut in 1880. This second revised edition, printed at Muqtataf Press in Cairo in 1886, added proverbs, quotations, and biographies of inspiring personalities from East and West.


  • Ṣarrūf, Yaʻqūb, 1852-1927, translator.
  • Smiles, Samuel, 1812-1904, author.

Created / Published

  • Cairo : Muqtataf Press, 1886.


  • -  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland--Scotland
  • -  Lebanon
  • -  1859 to 1886
  • -  Biography
  • -  Characters and characteristics
  • -  Conduct of life
  • -  Proverbs
  • -  Proverbs, Arabic


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 326 pages ; 21 centimeters.
  • -  Reference extracted from World Digital Library: Donald M. Reid, "Syrian Christians, the Rags-to-Riches Story, and Free Enterprise," International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 1, number 4, October 1970.
  • -  Original resource at: Qatar National Library.
  • -  Content in Arabic and English.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021666231

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Chicago citation style:

Smiles, Samuel, Author. Secret of Success. translateds by Ṣarrūf, YaʻQūb Cairo: Muqtataf Press, 1886. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Smiles, S. (1886) Secret of Success. Ṣarrūf, Y., trans Cairo: Muqtataf Press. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Smiles, Samuel, Author. Secret of Success. trans by Ṣarrūf, YaʻQūb Cairo: Muqtataf Press, 1886. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.