The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon

The Culture of Sectarianism Community History and Violence in Nineteenth Century Ottoman Lebanon Focusing on Ottoman Lebanon Ussama Makdisi shows how sectarianism was a manifestation of modernity that transcended the physical boundaries of a particular country His study challenges those who have

  • Title: The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon
  • Author: Ussama Makdisi
  • ISBN: 9780520218468
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Focusing on Ottoman Lebanon, Ussama Makdisi shows how sectarianism was a manifestation of modernity that transcended the physical boundaries of a particular country His study challenges those who have viewed sectarian violence as an Islamic response to westernization or simply as a product of social and economic inequities among religious groups The religious violence ofFocusing on Ottoman Lebanon, Ussama Makdisi shows how sectarianism was a manifestation of modernity that transcended the physical boundaries of a particular country His study challenges those who have viewed sectarian violence as an Islamic response to westernization or simply as a product of social and economic inequities among religious groups The religious violence of the nineteenth century, which culminated in sectarian mobilizations and massacres in 1860, was a complex, multilayered, subaltern expression of modernization, he says, not a primordial reaction to it Makdisi argues that sectarianism represented a deliberate mobilization of religious identities for political and social purposes The Ottoman reform movement launched in 1839 and the growing European presence in the Middle East contributed to the disintegration of the traditional Lebanese social order based on a hierarchy that bridged religious differences Makdisi highlights how European colonialism and Orientalism, with their emphasis on Christian salvation and Islamic despotism, and Ottoman and local nationalisms each created and used narratives of sectarianism as foils to their own visions of modernity and to their own projects of colonial, imperial, and national development Makdisi s book is important to our understanding of Lebanese society today, but it also makes a significant contribution to the discussion of the importance of religious discourse in the formation and dissolution of social and national identities in the modern world.

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    1. Makdisi is a gifted writer. He argues that the advent of sectarianism in modern Lebanon was a byproduct of modernity itself. Modernity was not the occasion for the eruption of a preexistent sectarianism, in other words. Makdisi never really defines "modernity," but I suppose the term stands in for the formation of the nation-state, nationalism, popular politics & issues of political representation - in short, the sweeping and profound geopolitical and domestic developments that followed in t [...]



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