Hajjar, George Jude (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
The status of Christian–Muslim relations (CMR), which are difficult to assess, has been ambiguous in contemporary Lebanon. Analysts, as well as individuals within Lebanese communities in Lebanon and within the diaspora have made conflicting claims. One major claim has been that CMR are better now than before the Lebanese Civil War because the civil war ended in 1991 and a reoccurrence has never materialized. Furthermore, the Ţā’if agreement, a working document aimed at ending the civil war and promoting solid CMR, was signed by most of the major communities of Lebanon in 1991. For these reasons and more, Lebanese CMR were believed to have improved post-civil war. Nevertheless, this writer explored the veracity of this proposition. Through comprehensive quantitative and qualitative research, the poor state of CMR in contemporary Lebanon was revealed. In face-to-face interviews in Lebanon, field experts reflected on the weakened condition of CMR and the reasons for the same. University students participated in a survey to ascertain their feelings concerning CMR and the possible causes of problems within CMR. Focus was also placed on the role identity has had in CMR. These causes of CMR conflict and, at times, consensus were reviewed and compared for a clear understanding of the state of present-day CMR. Finally, based on an understanding of these factors, recommendations for improvement, further study, and the future of CMR were given.
|Type of Work:||Ph.D. thesis.|
|Supervisor(s):||Thomas, David and Nielsen, Jurgen|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law|
|Department:||School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies|
|Subjects:||BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc|
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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