Lebanese history is often associated with sectarianism and hostility between religious communities. By examining public memorials and historical accounts, 1997 IDRF Fellow Lucia Volk finds evidence for a sustained politics of Muslim and Christian co-existence. Lebanese Muslim and Christian civilians were jointly commemorated as martyrs for the nation after various episodes of violence in Lebanese history. Sites of memory sponsored by Maronite, Sunni, Shiite, and Druze elites have shared the goal of creating cross-community solidarity by honoring the joint sacrifice of civilians of different religious communities. This compelling and lucid study enhances our understanding of culture and politics in the Middle East and the politics of memory in situations of ongoing conflict. Buy it on Amazon.

Publication Details

Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon
Volk, Lucia
Indiana University / Indiana University Press
Publish Date
October 2010
Volk, Lucia, Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon (Indiana University / Indiana University Press, October 2010).