Lebanon: The Persistence of Sectarian Conflict

October 5, 2013

This case study examines the sectarian hostilities between and among Christians, Sunni Muslims, Shi’a Muslims, and Druze that have characterized Lebanese religious, social, and political life since the country’s civil war (1975-1990). In exploring the complex interreligious dynamics of contemporary Lebanese history, the case study deals with five large questions: What are the historical origins of Lebanon’s religious divides? What are the causes of sectarian conflict in Lebanon? How important are international religious and political forces? What role have socioeconomic factors played? How has religion intersected with other factors in driving outcomes? The case study includes a core text, a timeline of key events, a guide to relevant religious groups and nongovernmental organizations, and a list for further reading.

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