The Conscience of Lebanon: A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz)

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Frank Cass, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 189 pages
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"Personal testimonies from Lebanese residents and conversations with others outside Lebanon, who knew Abu-Arz, in addition to interviews with Israelis acquainted with him, provide a dimension of authenticity to the portrait drawn of this remarkable man. Etienne Sakr, with a steadfast ideological commitment to a non-Arab Lebanese identity and political independence, fought the Syrian and Palestinian intruders, and with his Guardians of the Cedars Party cooperated with Israel. While ineluctably embroiled in the inter-Christian power struggles, Abu-Arz acquired a reputation as the conscience of Lebanon, but without achieving a position of power ascendancy. But he was present in the Lebanese Forces decision-making councils, and his own revelatory evidence contributes to an understanding of the agony and divisiveness that characterized the Christian leadership in the turmoil of war.

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About the author (2003)

Mordechai Nisan taught Middle East studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a prolific writer on Zionism, Islam, and Arab history; minority peoples and pluralistic states; Lebanon, American foreign policy in the Middle East; and the intractability of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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