Greater Lebanon: The Problems of Integrating a Religiously and Ethnically Diverse Population

Author: Kail C. Ellis

Publisher/Publication: Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Volume/Issue: 42(4)

DOI/ISBN: 10.33428/jsoutasiamiddeas.42.4.0001

This article analyses the relations between the confessional groups of Lebanon, from the early 20th century till the present. It examines the origins, the mistrust and the cooperation between Christians and Muslims, which led to the national pact of 1943, although Lebanon was still regarded by some as a Christian state. It argues that The taif agreement established a way of sharing power on a more equitable basis, and more recent developments united Muslims and Christians under common causes, however, it concludes that the future of Lebanon will rely on how much those involved will invest on an independent Lebanon, homeland for all its citizens.