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A Small Look Inside Lebanon

  • Date Submitted: 01/27/2010 11:15 PM
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In the fertile region of the Middle East, stuck between the Mediterranean sea and the high Anti-Lebanon mountains, stand the magnificent Lebanon, country with very rich history, country that witnessed the war, the peace, the earliest civilization, the first alphabet, and much much more…

Lebanon derived from the Semitic root lbn or white due to the color of its mountains covered with snow while all around lye an endless desert. Although often conquered, Lebanon was never subdued: Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, French, Syria(??), all of them cast their net over this tiny but very rich country, but none of them prevailed, the hand of God liberating it and giving it a blow to go ahead.

Modern Lebanon was created in 1920 in the name of Greater Lebanon while under mandate by the French. 1926 gave birth to the first Lebanese constitution deeply inspired by the French 3rd constitution, this constitution was promulgated in 1926, but was amended several times to cope up with the modern times, but unfortunately, to serve some other malicious purposes too(extension of the mandate of the president, allow the head of the army to be president,…). Lebanese politics is heavily imprinted with religion, it’s in some sort the opposite of the laicicity. Composed of about half Muslim half Christian, and burdened with a black history of religion conflicts, Lebanon had to establish such a system, especially in a time where laicicity made no sense. So after a census that took place in 1932, seats in the parliaments were divided according to a proportion of 6 Christian deputies to 5 Muslim ones, the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies being Shia Muslim, the prime minister being Sunni Muslim, and the president being Maronite Christian (of catholic belonging, the maronites constitute the big majority of Lebanese Christians). But Muslims grew demographically faster than Christians, so after the war broke out and ended rather...


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