The making of modern Lebanon /
Helena Cobban.
Boulder, Colorado : Westview Press, 1985.
248 p. : ill., 2 maps ; 22 cm. --
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Boulder, Colorado : Westview Press, 1985.
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Bibliography: p. [237]-241.
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In 1516-17, the Ottomans replaced the Mamluks of Syria as rulers of the Muslim West and remained its masters until the end of WW I, when they in turn were replaced by the French Mandatory powers. Under the French, modern Lebanon came into existence as one of the states of Northern Syria, which was allotted these areas by the League of Nations. Modern Lebanon, then, is the creation of the French who, in 1920, named it The State of Greater Lebanon. In 1926, a constitution was adopted enabling the Lebanese of all faiths to coexist in harmony; in 1943, a national pact was arrived at, according to which Lebanon's president was to be a Maronite (an Eastern Christian sect under Rome), the prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and the speaker of the parliament a Shi'i Muslim. The parliamentary seats were allotted to Muslims (all sects) and Christians (all denominations) in a five-to-six ratio. This arrangement continues to be operative, although the system has broken down under the tragic weight of the civil war and the Israeli invasion. Cobban's well-researched and clearly written history records with sensitivity and precision the stages of the development of the Lebanese entity, from the coming of the Ottoman Turks to the present. All libraries.-K.I.H. Semaan, SUNY at Binghamton

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