Rhodes, Fred
May 2004
Middle East;May2004, Issue 345, p64
This article analyzes the book "Reviving Phoenicia: The Search for Identity in Lebanon," by Asher Kaufman. This study follows the social, intellectual and political development of the Phoenician myth of origin in Lebanon from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the 20th. Asher Kaufman demonstrates the role played by the lay, liberal Syrian-Lebanese who resided in Beirut, Alexandria and the U.S. towards the end of the 19th century in the birth and dissemination of this myth. He investigates the crucial place Phoenicianism occupied in the formation of Greater Lebanon in 1920 and explores the way the Jesuit Order and the French authorities propagated this myth during the mandate years.


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