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The Origins of the Lebanese National Idea: 1840-1920

Carol Hakim


This book presents a new and original narrative of the origins and development of the Lebanese national idea. It challenges nationalist accounts that trace the origins of Lebanese nationalism back to a distant and legendary past and then trace its evolution in a linear, gradual manner. Instead, this book argues that while some core ideas and basic historical myths around which Lebanese nationalism eventually crystallized appeared by the mid-nineteenth century, a coherent and popular nationalist ideology and movement only emerged with the establishment of the Lebanese state in 1920. The book re ... More

Keywords: Lebanon history, Syria history, Middle East history general, nationalism general, nationalism Middle East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273412
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Hakim, author