“A Very Old Thing”

in The Culture of Sectarianism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780520218451
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922792 | DOI:
“A Very Old Thing”

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This chapter focuses on how a knowledge of sectarianism as antimodern was produced—how and why the violence of modern sectarianism in Mount Lebanon was relegated to the domain of tribal fanaticism by Fuad Pasha and his European colleagues. It illustrates how Ottoman and European concerns and perceptions coalesced into a discourse of an avowedly antimodern sectarianism. The chapter shows how this discourse, which grew out of and justified the terror of punishment, imposed by the Ottoman state in Damascus, masked a final restoration of an elitist social order in Mount Lebanon and marked the end of a genuinely popular participation in politics.

Keywords: sectarianism; antimodern; violence; Mount Lebanon; tribal fanaticism; Fuad Pasha; Damascus; final restoration; elitist social order; politics

Chapter.  8519 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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