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Lebanese history is often associated with sectarianism and hostility between religious communities, but by examining public memorials and historical accounts 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Note on Transliteration of Arabic
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. ONE The Politics of Memory in Lebanon: Sectarianism, Memorials, and Martyrdom
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. TWO Sculpting Independence: Competing Ceremonies and Mutilated Faces (1915–1957)
  2. pp. 39-77
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  1. THREE Remembering Civil Wars: Fearless Faces and Wounded Bodies (1958–1995)
  2. pp. 78-114
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  1. FOUR Reconstructing while Re-destructing Lebanon: Dismembered Bodies and National Unity (1996–2003)
  2. pp. 115-153
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  1. FIVE Revisiting Independence and Mobilizing Resistance: Assassinations, Massacres, and Divided Memory-Scapes (2004–2006)
  2. pp. 154-188
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  1. SIX Memorial Politics and National Imaginings: Possibilities and Limits
  2. pp. 189-202
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  1. APPENDIX Important Dates
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-250
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