National versus communal memory in Lebanon

Eduardo Wassim Aboultaif*, Paul Tabar

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The aim of this article is to distinguish between two levels of collective memory in Lebanon: the national memory, which is a very weak and fragile memory, and the communal memory of sectarian groups. Each community in Lebanon enjoys a memory of its own, which it tries to elevate to the national memory, but at the same time intra-sectarian groups contest their internal memories with others. Hence, we see that communities try to force the state to adopt their respective memories, while internally groups tend to eliminate their competitor’s memory and communal narrative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-114
Number of pages18
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number1
Early online date10 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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