Right and Left in Lebanon

Lewis, Bernard
September 1977
New Republic;9/10/77, Vol. 177 Issue 11, p20
Explores the religious implications of the civil war in Lebanon. View that the cause of the civil war is socioeconomic; Failure of journalism to perceive the power of religious and communal loyalty in the affairs of the Middle East; Opinion that it is difficult to distinguish state and Islam; Demographic distribution in Lebanon; History of the relation between the Lebanese Christians and the Western world; Establishment of a special regime "Règlement Organique" to save Christians from Muslims; Contribution of Lebanese Christians to secular nationalism in Arab; View that with increasing popularity, nationalist movement became more religious and less national; Information on political power of Jumblatts, a Muslim ethnic group; History of the Christians' organization "Kataib"; View that the terms like right and left are ambiguous to identify ideas and ideologies.


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