Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa)

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.

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By Shalma · ★★★★☆ · February 28, 2015
I have had the privilege to read this book in the context of a course called "Ethnicity and Nationalism," taught by Professor Volk. This is one of three books she has assigned, and so far, it's the best. This could be because I'm also taking Prof. Volk for an analysis writing course in internatio... ...more
By Ali (Charlemont, MA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · December 25, 2012
For what it set out to do, this was a very informative work. That said, there was so much valuable context left out compared to similar studies that I just can't give this a high rating. ...more