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Christian Political Activism in Lebanon: A Revival of Religious Nationalism in Times of Arab Upheavals


studies in Ethnicity and NationalismJournal abstract

In response to the spread of Islamic extremism and the Christian exodus in most of the Middle East, many Lebanese Christians are opting for an isolationist, religious‐nationalist policy, aimed at internal self‐determination and national domination. By doing so, they not only accept a further national disintegration of Lebanon's society, but they also prevent essential democratic reforms. Following Georg Jellinek's three elements theory of the state, the paper analyzes Lebanese Christian nationalism in terms of its territorial, population, and state power dimensions.

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