chapter  7
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The Struggle over Lebanon’s History: Selected Matters of the Druze Historiography

Since emerging as a national political entity, Lebanon has struggled with the challenge of its historiography. The battle has been about the national and cultural content of Lebanese nationalism. The Druze, who consider themselves the founding fathers of the Lebanese state, have played an active role in this struggle. In his book A House of Many Mansions, the well-known Lebanese scholar Kamal Salibi devoted a whole chapter to this subject,1 and in 1984 the Shia historian Ahmad Beydoun published an impressive study that reviewed selected issues in Lebanon’s various historical narratives.2