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Paradise Divided
Author: Alex Klaushofer

ISBN: 9781904955351
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14 December 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.4
Description:
This portrait of Lebanon exposes the fault lines that underlie the current crisis in the Middle East, and charts the country's attempts to rebuild a fragile peace after its long civil war and recent conflict with Israel.
Part reportage, part travel narrative, Paradise Divided chronicles the delicate web of relationships that make up contemporary Lebanese society. Drawing on interviews with community leaders and relationships with ordinary people, it reveals a richly-textured social and religious fabric in which Sunni and Shia Muslims, Druze and Christians of all kinds, from Maronite Catholics to evangelical Protestants, strive to maintain a delicate balance. It offers an insight into how Lebanon's religious communities, their identities formed by history, landscape and their relationships with one another, came to be what they are today - and how their different perspectives can lead to potentially destructive tensions. What emerges is a quintessentially Middle Eastern form of coexistence, poised between tolerance and sectarianism - a theme powerfully developed through the author's privileged across to the normally secretive Druze.
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