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The Rise of Aoun and His Movement (1988–1990)

  • Joseph P. Helou
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Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Abstract

This chapter discusses the early signs of support for Michel Aoun in the period 1988–1990. It finds that a segment of the Lebanese population experienced personal motivations and wartime grievances that made them willing to join the ranks of the supportive pro-Aoun movement being formed then. It shows that Aoun’s use of simple language in speeches and his position as army commander won him the support of a predominantly (but not exclusively) Christian following who were craving order. His public appearances incubated a pro-Aoun movement expressing secular nationalistic ideas, which sharply contrasted with the sectarian discourse of the militias prevailing during the Lebanese Civil War.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph P. Helou
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  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesLebanese American UniversityBeirutLebanon

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