Download A House of Many Mansions by Kamal Salibi PDF

By Kamal Salibi

This day Lebanon is without doubt one of the world's such a lot divided international locations - if it is still a rustic in any respect. yet sarcastically the faction-ridden Lebanese, either Christians and Muslims, have by no means proven a keener attention of universal identification. How can this be? The Lebanese historian Kamal S. Salibi examines, within the mild of contemporary scholarship, the historic myths on which his country's warring groups have dependent their conflicting visions of the Lebanese country. The Lebanese have continually lacked a typical imaginative and prescient in their previous. From the start Muslims and Christians have disagreed essentially over their country's historic legitimacy: Christians quite often have affirmed it, Muslims have tended to stress Lebanon's position in a broader Arab heritage. either teams have used nationalist principles in a harmful online game, which at a deeper point contains archaic loyalties and tribal rivalries. yet Lebanon can't have the funds for those conflicting visions whether it is to improve and keep a feeling of political neighborhood. during his vigorous exposition, Salibi deals an incredible reinterpretation of Lebanese historical past and gives insights into the dynamic of Lebanon's contemporary clash. He additionally provides an account of the way the photographs of groups which underlie glossy nationalism are created.

Show description

Read or Download A House of Many Mansions PDF

Similar middle east books

A Durable Peace: Israel and its Place Among the Nations

This exam of the center East's bothered heritage strains the origins, improvement and politics of Israel's dating with the Arab global and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will go away Israel susceptible to Iraq and Iran.

The modern Middle East

This highly profitable, ground-breaking booklet is the 1st introductory textbook at the smooth center East to foreground the city, rural, cultural and women’s histories of the sector over its political and financial historical past. Ilan Papp? starts his narrative on the finish of the 1st international struggle with the Ottoman background, and concludes at the moment day with the political discourse of Islam.

The Rough Guide to Jordan

"The tough advisor to Jordan" is the basic consultant to the center East's most fascinating vacation spot. This identify gains special money owed of the easiest points of interest Jordan has to supply, besides the clearest Jordan maps and plans, elevate the lid in this fascinatingly diversified nation. With professional suggestion and heritage, discover the area ask yourself that's Petra, an old urban carved from rose-red mountain cliffs, roam the sands of Wadi Rum within the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, after which chill out on golden seashores at Aqaba, Jordan's appealing pink Sea lodge hideaway.

Additional resources for A House of Many Mansions

Sample text

No one denied that the other four countries were equally artificial; 32 A HOUSE OF MANY MANSIONS the point lay elsewhere. Among the Syrians, Iraqis, Transjordanians and Palestinian Arabs, no one seriously advanced a thesis in support of the national validity of the given country. Among the Lebanese, however, there were those who did, which amounted to a serious aberration, and one which could not be allowed to pass. By refusing to accept the national validity of their given countries as a matter of Arab nationalist principle, the other Arabs, paradoxically, did manage in time to secure an accepted legitimacy for these countries as states.

In Syria there was the example of the Christians which the Muslims could now follow. Moreover, leading Syrian cities such as Beirut, Damascus and Aleppo already had the prerequisite degree of social development to encourage the growth of nationalism, as well as an evolving and politically ambitious class of Muslim city notables who were willing to drop old ideas and adopt new ones, and so set the example for others. While the Ottoman empire lasted, Arab nationalism among the Muslims of Syria remained for the most part the preserve of these city notables, and the mainly Sunnite intellectual circles with which they were associated.

Arab nationalism, as it came to exist in the Arab world after the first world war, was more of a romantic ideal than a political movement with clear precepts and a set programme. Moreover, it meant different things to its Muslim and Christian adherents. Although Muslim Arab nationalists, usually with great sincerity, spoke of Arabism a s being secular, they could not dissociate it from Islam: if for no other reason, because Arab history is difficult to dissociate from Islamic history. The Christian view of Arabism could only be secular; but the Christian Arab nationalists could not deny that the central fact of Arab history was the mission of Muhammad, who was not only the F'rophet of Islam but also the first leader to give the Arabs political unity under its religious and political banner.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.18 of 5 – based on 38 votes