A House of Many Mansions: The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

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I.B.Tauris, 2003 - Lebanon - 247 pages
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Today Lebanon is one of the world's most divided countries - if it remains a country at all. But paradoxically the faction-ridden Lebanese, both Christians and Muslims, have never shown a keener consciousness of common identity. How can this be?
  

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Wonderful book about the multiple historical views of Lebanon! I highly recommend this book to understand the flaws in all the available historical views Read full review

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I wish they'd have taught us the history of Lebanon using this book rather than the insipid tales they used in school. This book is an eye opener on the roots of the issues the country and the region ... Read full review

Contents

How it all began
19
The confidence game
38
Talking geography
57
Rose among the thorns
72
The Maronite record
87
The imagined principality
108
The mountain refuge
130
Ottoman Lebanon how unique?
151
Phoenicia resurrected
167
Trial and error
182
The war over Lebanese history
200
A house of many mansions
216
Select bibliography
235
Index
238
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Page 3 - From the Muslim side, there has been an insistence that whatever history Lebanon can claim for itself is in reality part of a broader Arab history. Yet the notion of what really constitutes Arab history remains confused by the fundamental historical association between Arabism and Islam.
Page 3 - Disgraced and abandoned by the world, it is possible that the Lebanese are finally beginning to discover themselves. There is a noticeable consensus among all but the more committed extremists today that all are Lebanese, sharing the same national identity, regardless of other, secondary, group affiliations and loyalties.
Page 2 - Muslims with pan-Arabism, continued during the years that followed, breaking out into open conflict again over yet another crucial issue: the refusal or acceptance of the free right of the Palestinian revolution to operate in Lebanon and from Lebanon, as a state within the state. Compounded by a host of other thorny issues, it was this last conflict that ultimately led to the outbreak of the civil war in the country a war which continues today.
Page 2 - Yet, paradoxically, there has not been a time when the Muslims and Christians of Lebanon have exhibited, on the whole, a keener consciousness of common identity, albeit with somewhat different nuances. They did not...

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Kamal Salibi is currently Professor of History at the American University of Beirut.

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