Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon

Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon

Volk, Lucia
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/21/2010
Format: Paperback 23 b&w illus., 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-22230-5
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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.

Author Bio

Lucia Volk is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-director of Middle East and Islamic Studies at San Francisco State University.


Compelling and compulsively readable. . . . Provides a fascinating historical reading of Lebanon’s contentious politics over the last century.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration of Arabic

1. The Politics of Memory in Lebanon: Sectarianism, Memorials, and Martyrdom
2. Sculpting Independence: Competing Ceremonies and Mutilated Faces (1915-1957)
3. Remembering Civil Wars: Fearless Faces and Wounded Bodies (1958-1995)
4. Reconstructing while Re-destructing Lebanon: Dismembered Bodies and National Unity (1996-2003)
5. Revisiting Independence and Mobilizing Resistance: Assassinations, Massacres, and Divided Memory-Scapes (2004-2006)
6. Memorial Politics and National Imaginings: Possibilities and Limits

Appendix: Important Dates

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