A House of Many Mansions
The History of Lebanon Reconsidered
By (author) Kamal S. Salibi
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House of Many Mansions by Kamal S. Salibi
Book DescriptionToday Lebanon is one of the world's most divided countries. But paradoxically the faction-ridden Lebanese, both Christians and Muslims, have never shown a keener consciousness of common identity. How can this be? In the light of modern scholarship, a famous Lebanese writer and scholar examines the historical myths on which his country's warring communities have based their conflicting visions of the Lebanese nation. He shows that Lebanon cannot afford this divisiveness, that in order to develop and maintain a sense of political unity, it is necesary to distinuish fact from fiction and then build on what is real in the common experience of both groups. Salibi offers a major reinterpretation of Lebanese history and provides remarkable insights into the dynamic of Lebanon's recent conflict. In so doing, he illuminates important facets of his country's present and future. This book also gives a masterly account of how the imagined communities that underlie modern nationalism are created and will be of interest to students of international affairs as well as Near Eastern scholars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520071964
(216mm x 136mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Oct-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kamal S. Salibi
Who Was Jesus?, Paperback (April 2007)
Seeks to uncover the historical figure of Jesus, and explore what it was about his teaching that created a dedicated following that propagated a religion in his name. This book suggests that there may have been a conspiracy between Paul and Peter to disseminate a distorted image of Christ.
Modern History of Jordan, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Kamal S. Salibi
Few states in the modern world have had a less promising birth than Jordan. Today against all the odds, it has become one of the most prosperous and stable of Middle Eastern countries and a major player in the region's politics. This book attempts to explain how this transformation was achieved.
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Author Biography - Kamal S. Salibi
Kamal Salibi is Professor of History at the American University of Beirut. He has published many articles, and among his books are The Modern History of Lebanon and Crossroads to Civil War.
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