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The Culture Of Sectarianism: Community History And Violence In Nineteenth Century Ottoman Lebanon
Focusing on Ottoman Lebanon, Ussama Makdisi shows how sectarianism was a manifestation of modernity that transcended the physical boundaries of a particular country. His study challenges those who have viewed sectarian violence as an Islamic response to westernization or simply as a product of social and economic inequities among religious groups. The religious violence of ...more
Published by University of California Press
(first published June 19th 2000)
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Mar 25, 2015 Justin Dell rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Makdisi is a gifted writer. He argues that the advent of sectarianism in modern Lebanon was a byproduct of modernity itself. Modernity was not the occasion for the eruption of a preexistent sectarianism, in other words. Makdisi never really defines "modernity," but I suppose the term stands in for the formation of the nation-state, nationalism, popular politics & issues of political representation - in short, the sweeping and profound geopolitical and domestic developments that followed in t ...more