The Sunni-Shi‘i Struggle over Lebanon: A New Chapter in the History of Lebanon

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In early May 2008, Shi‘i fighters of Hizbullah took control of West Beirut, the largest and most important Sunni center in Lebanon. This development raised a fierce storm, both within the country and throughout the Arab world. Several days later, when their demands were met by their Sunni opponents, led by the Hariri family, the Hizbullah fighters evacuated the Sunni neighborhoods they had previously occupied. The demands included strengthening the Shi‘i status within the Lebanese political system and granting them veto power over the decisions of the Lebanese government. Despite the withdrawal from West Beirut, the political storm did not die down, however.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sunna and Shi’a in History
Subtitle of host publicationDivision and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East
EditorsOfra Bengio, Meir Litvak
Place of PublicationNew York, N.Y
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)023012092X, 023037073X, 1137495065, 1283440296, 9780230370739, 9786613440297, 9781137495068
ISBN (Print)9780230120921, 9781137485588
StatePublished - 2011


  • Saudi Arabia
  • Arab World
  • Islamic State
  • Palestine Liberation Organization
  • Islamic Nation

ULI Keywords

  • uli


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