By Max Weiss

utilizing Arabic-language assets that experience by no means earlier than been studied or analyzed, Max Weiss paints a nuanced photo of sectarianism in Lebanon less than the French Mandate. He demonstrates that sectarianism advanced lengthy prior to the phenomenon referred to as “political Shi’ism.” This groundbreaking and deeply researched publication isn't in basic terms narrative heritage; it additionally comprises a number of the most recent severe idea approximately non secular modernity and colonialism. Weiss illustrates the ability of sectarianism as either a conceptual class and as a collection of practices that are a strength for strong and optimistic swap in addition to for department and destruction. by way of foregrounding historic forces that form and direct sectarianism, he additionally indicates how dimensions of sectarianism that now not serve a society could be triumph over with time.

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