Christians of Lebanon: Political Rights in Islamic Law

Christians of Lebanon: Political Rights in Islamic Law

by David Grafton
     
 

This book examines the Islamic categories of Christians under Islamic law and compares them with the status of Christians within Lebanon. David Grafton reviews the opinions of four Lebanese Muslim scholars (two Sunni and two Shi'a) regarding Christian political rights during the Lebanese Civil War. In such a diverse and complicated social context as Lebanon, how do

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This book examines the Islamic categories of Christians under Islamic law and compares them with the status of Christians within Lebanon. David Grafton reviews the opinions of four Lebanese Muslim scholars (two Sunni and two Shi'a) regarding Christian political rights during the Lebanese Civil War. In such a diverse and complicated social context as Lebanon, how do these scholars respond to the position of the Christian community which claims political supremacy by maintaining its hold on the Presidency?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860649448
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
07/23/2004
Series:
Tauris Academic Studies Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Textual Sources of Al-Dhimma
• The Development of the Classical-Medieval Views of the Political Rights of Dhimmis
• Ottoman Practice Regarding Non-Muslim "Citizens" within Lebanon/Syria
• Formation of the Lebanese State and the Christian Presidency
• The Position of Ulema in Lebanese Society and Politics
• Objections to the Formula of the Confessional State
• "Objections of Principle" to the Confessional State
• Conclusion
• Bibliography

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