Thinking about Lebanon

The article sets out with an identification of the five major groupings in Lebanon, of which the Maronites, Druze and Shiites constitute the politically relevant inter-sect system. It is argued that for the last decade Lebanon has been undergoing the process of Maronite-Shiite transfer of primacy, m...

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Published in:American Arab affairs
Main Author: Cobban, Helena 1952-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 1985
In:American Arab affairs
Year: 1985, Issue: 12, Pages: 59-71
Further subjects:B Lebanon Politische Vereinigung / Politische Gruppierung Politisch-gesellschaftliches Verhalten Religious organization Innenpolitische Lage / Development
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Summary:The article sets out with an identification of the five major groupings in Lebanon, of which the Maronites, Druze and Shiites constitute the politically relevant inter-sect system. It is argued that for the last decade Lebanon has been undergoing the process of Maronite-Shiite transfer of primacy, more or less analogous to the Druze-Maronite transfer of primacy in the 19th century. It is forecast that although the Maronites and the Druze might take some further steps towards cantonization, the inter-sect system will ultimately prevail. To analyse the dynamics of this system, nine general rules for how the system works are codified. A kind of American-Syrian condominium is recommended as an umbrella, under which the transfer of primacy might be engeneered more smoothly. (DÜI-Asd)
ISSN:0731-6763