The Saliba family (also spelled Saleeby, or Salibi) is a large, predominantly
Christianfamily in Lebanonand Malta. The family name is derived from "Saleeb", the Arabic word for cross, a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. [ [http://www.saleeby-saliba.org/Default.htm Saleeby-Saliba Association of Families] . Retrieved July 9, 2007.]
The family traces its paternal lineage back to
Sparta, Greeceprior to the Common Era, and details the emigration route from Sparta to what is modern day Lebanon.N.D. Saleeby (1947). [http://www.saleeby-saliba.org/history.htm Saliba Family History] . Retrieved July 10, 2007.] The family tree branched into several different cities and towns in Lebanon, including Byblos, Bteghrine, Nabatieh, and Souk El Gharb. Starting in the late 19th century, large numbers of the family emigrated to other parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Europe.
George Saliba– Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science of the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University
Joe Saliba– General Secretary of the Nationalist Party in Malta
Kamal Salibi– Director of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies and Emeritus Professorat the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirutin Lebanon
Marianne Frances Saliba(by marriage) – Australian politician and Member of Parliament
Naseeb Saliba– Co-founder of the Tutor-Saliba Corporation, one of the largest civil construction companies in the United States
Philip Saliba– Antiochian Orthodox Archbishopof New Yorkand Metropolitan of North America
* [http://www.saleeby-saliba.org/Default.htm Saleeby-Saliba Association of Families]
* [http://www.searchmalta.com/surnames/saliba/index.shtml "History of Saliba"]
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