The Paris Congress
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In early 1913 the al-Fatat society in Paris decided to organize a congress, as a vehicle for explaining the Arab problem in Europe, taking it from the Ottoman to the international arena. The initiators of the congress hoped to take advantage of the publicity that the Arab problem would get to put pressure on the Ottoman government to accept the demands of the Arab reformists. The five society members who conceived the congress, Abd al-Ghani al-'Uraysi, Awni Abd al-Hadi, Muhammad alMihmisani, Jamil Mardam and Tawfiq Fa'id, turned to two more prominent figures in the Syrian-Lebanese community in Paris, Shukri Ghanim, the president of the Lebanese Society of Paris, and Nadra Mutran, in order to spread the idea of the congress outside the narrow circle of their secret society. With the exception of Fa'id, all of these became part of the eight-member organizing committee of the congress, as did Charles Dabbas, a member of Ghanim's society, and Jamil Ma'luf. Al-'Uraysi was chosen to be the secretary of the committee.