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The religious regions map of Lebanon
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ^ | 2003

Posted on 07/30/2006 3:02:32 PM PDT by A. Pole

the ethnic map of Lebanon:



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006iraelwar; 2006israelwar; beirut; hezbollah; islam; lebanon; muslims; shia; shiites; war

1 posted on 07/30/2006 3:02:33 PM PDT by A. Pole
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Here is the map


2 posted on 07/30/2006 3:03:22 PM PDT by A. Pole ("Gay marriage" - Karl Rove's conspiracy to defeat Democrats?)
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The map


3 posted on 07/30/2006 3:05:11 PM PDT by A. Pole ("Gay marriage" - Karl Rove's conspiracy to defeat Democrats?)
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To: A. Pole
I wasn't familiar with these two groups:

Maronite

Druze

Thank goodness for Wikipedia!

4 posted on 07/30/2006 3:12:24 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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Difficult to imagine that not long ago, Lebanon was predominantly christian.

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5 posted on 07/30/2006 3:14:07 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Momaw Nadon; A. Pole
The Maronite Catholic Church is one of 22 Churches that comprise the Catholic Church.

Although it is not widely known in our Western world, the Catholic Church is actually a communion of Churches. According to the Constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, the Catholic Church is understood to be "a corporate body of Churches," united with the Pope of Rome, who serves as the guardian of unity (LG, no. 23). At present there are 22 Churches that comprise the Catholic Church. The new Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, uses the phrase "autonomous ritual Churches" to describe these various Churches (canon 112). Each Church has its own hierarchy, spirituality, and theological perspective. Because of the particularities of history, there is only one Western Catholic Church, while there are 22 Eastern Catholic Churches. The Western Church, known officially as the Latin Church, is the largest of the Catholic Churches. It is immediately subject to the Roman Pontiff as Patriarch of the West. The Eastern Catholic Churches are each led by a Patriarch, Major Archbishop, or Metropolitan, who governs their Church together with a synod of bishops. Through the Congregation for Oriental Churches, the Roman Pontiff works to assure the health and well-being of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

While this diversity within the one Catholic Church can appear confusing at first, it in no way compromises the Church's unity. In a certain sense, it is a reflection of the mystery of the Trinity. Just as God is three Persons, yet one God, so the Church is 22 Churches, yet one Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes this nicely:

"From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God's gifts and the diversity of those who receive them... Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions. The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church's unity" (CCC no. 814).

Although there are 22 Churches, there are only eight "Rites" that are used among them. A Rite is a "liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary patrimony," (Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, canon 28). "Rite" best refers to the liturgical and disciplinary traditions used in celebrating the sacraments. Many Eastern Catholic Churches use the same Rite, although they are distinct autonomous Churches. For example, the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Melkite Catholic Church are distinct Churches with their own hierarchies. Yet they both use the Byzantine Rite.

To learn more about the "two lungs" of the Catholic Church, visit this link:

CATHOLIC RITES AND CHURCHES

The Vatican II Council declared that "all should realize it is of supreme importance to understand, venerate, preserve, and foster the exceedingly rich liturgical and spiritual heritage of the Eastern churches, in order faithfully to preserve the fullness of Christian tradition" (Unitatis Redintegrato, 15).

To locate an Eastern Catholic Church in your community, follow the following link:

Eastern Catholic Churches in the U.S.

A Roman rite Catholic may attend any Eastern Catholic Liturgy and fulfill his of her obligations at any Eastern Catholic Parish. A Roman rite Catholic may join any Eastern Catholic Parish and receive any sacrament from an Eastern Catholic priest, since all belong to the Catholic Church as a whole. I am a Roman Catholic practicing my faith at a Maronite Catholic Church. Like the Chaldeans, the Maronites retain Aramaic for the Consecration. It is as close as one comes to being at the Last Supper.

6 posted on 07/30/2006 3:17:55 PM PDT by NYer
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As I look at the map it appears that most of Lebanon is by area Christian.

What am I missing?


7 posted on 07/30/2006 3:18:16 PM PDT by BeAllYouCanBe (Animal Rights Activist Advisory: No French Person Was Injured In The Writing Of This Post)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe

That since the early 1980's, the PLO, Syria, and Iran have commited genocide to shift the majority makeup of Lebannon to Shiite and Arab. The PLO was especially vicious raping and killing many of the christian villages of southern Lebannon. In later years, Iran has been sending 100's of million of dollars a year to Hezbollah which allowed them to bankroll the takeover. Syria allowed many shiites from Iran and Syria to immigrate to Lebannon, especially southern Lebannon, while it was in control.


8 posted on 07/30/2006 3:25:20 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
The PLO was especially vicious raping and killing many of the christian villages of southern Lebannon.

I'll check out the NY Times to review their in-depth analysis of these atrocities. Most likely this was front page coverage.

9 posted on 07/30/2006 3:31:17 PM PDT by BeAllYouCanBe (Animal Rights Activist Advisory: No French Person Was Injured In The Writing Of This Post)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe
I heard an interview on the radio with a women a couple weeks ago that was born and raised in Lebanon. She is Christian. She claimed that 30 years ago the country was roughly 70/30 Christian to Muslim. Today it is only 40% Christian. As the Arabs moved in the Christians have moved out. Until the mid seventies Beirut was the major meeting place of east and west, like Hong Kong was for many years. Young rich Arabs could go there and party like Westerners. It evidently was quite a place.
10 posted on 07/30/2006 3:39:03 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Uncle Hal
As the Arabs moved in the Christians have moved out.

You mean as the Muslims moved in. Most people in Lebanon are Arab.

11 posted on 07/30/2006 3:40:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Uncle Hal
Until the mid seventies Beirut was the major meeting place of east and west, like Hong Kong was for many years.

I am old enough to remember Danny Thomas who for you middle-aged people is Marlo Thomas' father and for everyone else he was a very successful comedian in the 1950' and 1960's.

I was raised Roman Catholic and I had a lot of contact with the Lebanese Christians throughout my life. And the state of Beirut is one of the worst tragedies ever.

12 posted on 07/30/2006 3:46:48 PM PDT by BeAllYouCanBe (Animal Rights Activist Advisory: No French Person Was Injured In The Writing Of This Post)
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To: Uncle Hal

Plus, the Christians (and Jews) hardly even make replacement birth rate, while Muslims have large families. This population shift isn't unique to Lebanon but is starting to be seen in Europe as well.


13 posted on 07/30/2006 3:54:19 PM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: A. Pole
TFP

I don't think the incoming bombs know any difference. In the end all they will have accomplished is to make more enemies for Israel and the United States in Lebanon and throughout the world. If the combined US/Israel policy since Bush I has been to make more enemies, it has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

14 posted on 07/30/2006 4:05:33 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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15 posted on 07/30/2006 4:31:11 PM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: A. Pole

Keep in mind this map is about 25 years old, and doesn't take into account any shifts caused by the 1982 Israeli invasion or the Lebanese Civil War. Also, the data is somewhat dubious to begin with because the country has never held a census (due to its volatile ethnic mix).

In general, it's accurate to say that there is a majority of Muslims in the south and north of the country, and a majority of Christians in the center arount Mount Lebanon. The Christians are also more heavily represented in the western half of the country. Beirut has a mix of everyone.


16 posted on 07/30/2006 4:58:06 PM PDT by Phocion ("Protection" really means exploiting the consumer. - Milton Friedman)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe
I was raised Roman Catholic and I had a lot of contact with the Lebanese Christians throughout my life. And the state of Beirut is one of the worst tragedies ever.

Beirut had a fairly good comeback before this latest round of fighting, largely thanks to Hariri (the guy who was assassinated by Syria, inspiring the Cedar Revolution). The country as a whole has pretty good economic policies and a big tourism industry and was somewhat booming in recent years. I think the fear of investors and tourists (not to mention the lost output from displace people) will be more of an economic problem now than actual destruction caused by the Israelis.

17 posted on 07/30/2006 5:06:52 PM PDT by Phocion ("Protection" really means exploiting the consumer. - Milton Friedman)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Druze are essentially muslim alligned with the sunnis but believe in reincarnation so up until recently were not considered Muslims.


18 posted on 07/30/2006 5:09:46 PM PDT by eleni121 (General Draza Mihailovich: We will never forget you - the hero of World War Two)
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To: ex-snook

They (Islamic scum) were our enemies before the bombing and they are our enemies now.

The bombing has not made any difference.


19 posted on 07/30/2006 5:12:12 PM PDT by eleni121 (General Draza Mihailovich: We will never forget you - the hero of World War Two)
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The Druze consider themselves a sect of Islam but other Muslims don't consider them Muslims at all. It's similar to the relationships other groups (for example, the Mormons or Messianic Jews) have had with more mainstream religions.

Lately, they have been allied with the Maronites are haven't posed any problem in the region. There are also Druze in Israel, and they've assimilated quite well. They serve in the IDF.

20 posted on 07/30/2006 5:48:00 PM PDT by Phocion ("Protection" really means exploiting the consumer. - Milton Friedman)
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To: A. Pole

Interesting map. Thank you for posting it.

It is telling that virtually *all* of Southern Lebanon-- the area dominated by Hezbollah-- is Shia Muslim, with no pockets of other religious groups. This especially stands out in a country known for its religious diversity. It seems that Hezbollah has been undertaking some forced homogenization of religious beliefs in Southern Lebanon-- not a surprise.

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21 posted on 07/30/2006 6:02:39 PM PDT by G. Stolyarov II (http://rationalargumentator.com)
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To: Pyro7480

Many Maronites consider themselves to be Phoenecian and the Moslems Arab colonists.


22 posted on 07/30/2006 7:18:52 PM PDT by avile
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