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In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi`ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon
by Max Weiss
Harvard University Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-674-05298-7 | eISBN: 978-0-674-05957-3
Library of Congress Classification DS80.55.S54W45 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.69782095692

Using Arabic-language sources that have never before been studied or analyzed, Max Weiss paints a nuanced picture of sectarianism in Lebanon under the French Mandate. He demonstrates that sectarianism evolved long before the phenomenon known as “political Shi’ism.” This groundbreaking and deeply researched book is not merely narrative history; it also incorporates some of the latest critical theory about religious modernity and colonialism. Weiss illustrates the power of sectarianism as both a conceptual category and as a set of practices which can be a force for good and positive change as well as for division and destruction. By foregrounding historical forces that shape and direct sectarianism, he also shows how dimensions of sectarianism that no longer serve a society can be overcome with time.

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