In the Beirut Vilayet: A Description of Jabal ‘Amil

  • Tamara Chalabi


The Shi‘is of Jabal ‘Amil are one example among many of a Muslim religious minority under orthodox Muslim Ottoman rule that lasted more than four centuries (1516–1918). Although the Ottoman Empire disintegrated following its defeat in World War One, its dominant Sunni political culture was transferred to the Arab nation states that were born of the empire’s former provinces. The case of Jabal ‘Amil is significant, as it fell within the jurisdiction of a French-created state, Lebanon, which underwent a distinct experience due to its multi-communitarian nature.


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