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Women in Lebanon

Living with Christianity, Islam, and Multiculturalism

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 1-12
  3. Saghbine, a Christian Village: Women, Religion, and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 15-30
    3. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 31-41
    4. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 43-61
  4. Muslim Lebanese Women and an Islamic Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 83-101
    3. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 103-115
    4. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 117-132
  5. Transformation within a Multicultural Lebanon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 159-168
    3. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 169-181
    4. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 203-214
  6. Conclusion

    1. Marie-Claude Thomas
      Pages 215-219
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-245

About this book


Combining insider and outsider perspectives, Women in Lebanon looks at Christian and Muslim women living together in a multicultural society and facing modernity. While the Arab Spring has begun to draw attention to issues of change, modernity, and women's subjectivity, this manuscript takes a unique approach to examining and describing the Lebanese "alternative modernities" thesis and how it has shaped thinking about the meaning of terms like evolution, progress, development, history, and politics in contemporary Arab thought. The author draws on extensive ethnographic research, as well as her own personal experience.


Christianity Islam religion society Tradition women

About the authors

Marie-Claude Thomas is a visiting assistant professor of Arabic at Oberlin College.

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