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Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon: Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power

Joanne Randa Nucho


What causes violent conflicts around the Middle East? All too often, the answer is sectarianism—popularly viewed as a timeless and intractable force that leads religious groups to conflict. This book shows how wrong this perspective can be. Through in-depth research with local governments, NGOs, and political parties in Beirut, the book demonstrates how sectarianism is actually recalibrated on a daily basis through the provision of essential services and infrastructures, such as electricity, medical care, credit, and the planning of bridges and roads. In a working-class, predominantly Armenian ... More

Keywords: violent conflict, Bourj Hammoud, services, access, sectarian community, sectarianism, ethnoreligious identity, Lebanon, religious identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691168968
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691168968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne Randa Nucho, author
Pomona College