Beirut by Samir Kassir

By Samir Kassir

Broadly praised because the definitive heritage of Beirut, this can be the tale of a urban that has stood on the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for greater than 4 thousand years. The final significant paintings accomplished via Samir Kassir earlier than his tragic dying in 2005, Beirut is a travel de strength that takes the reader from the traditional to the trendy global, supplying a stunning landscape of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's astounding development within the 19th and 20th centuries, targeting its emergence after the second one global battle as a sophisticated capital till its close to destruction throughout the devastating Lebanese civil conflict of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates modern problems with modernity and democracy whereas whilst memorably recreating the ambience of 1 of the world's such a lot picturesque, dynamic, and resilient towns.

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By Samir Kassir

Broadly praised because the definitive heritage of Beirut, this can be the tale of a urban that has stood on the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for greater than 4 thousand years. The final significant paintings accomplished via Samir Kassir earlier than his tragic dying in 2005, Beirut is a travel de strength that takes the reader from the traditional to the trendy global, supplying a stunning landscape of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's astounding development within the 19th and 20th centuries, targeting its emergence after the second one global battle as a sophisticated capital till its close to destruction throughout the devastating Lebanese civil conflict of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates modern problems with modernity and democracy whereas whilst memorably recreating the ambience of 1 of the world's such a lot picturesque, dynamic, and resilient towns.

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Christians and Muslims, represented by practically all the denominations arising from the genesis of both Christianity and Islam in the Levant and the source, as it used to be said, of contemporary Lebanon’s richness, now and henceforth were the source of its misfortunes and troubles. But perhaps the enmity between Christians and Muslims was not really a distinguishing feature of the Lebanese predicament. No one here was arguing about the superiority of one faith over the other; and the existence of various persuasions on either side amounted to nothing more than a reassertion of mankind’s ancient habits of tribal allegiance, intensified by the failure of the European nation-state to export itself to the East.

Others, as we have just seen, took a more active part in the escalating violence. But it was not only the fact that the fighters came from so many parts of the world that gave the conflict a global dimension. For it was here, in Lebanon, that the ancient hatreds of the East intersected with the most modern forms of armed antagonism; here that all the quarrels of the world became condensed and concentrated. The first of these quarrels—the one that was obvious to everyone, even if no one was prepared to admit it—might appear to have been peculiar to the country itself.

The devastating loss of human life that accompanied this apocalyptic sequence of events was incommensurate with anything that had gone before. Yet it was at this moment that the people of Beirut, at least those who had endured the siege in June and July, were to show the greatest dignity in adversity—until shortly afterward, in September, when other Beiruti, and other Lebanese, inflicted a terrible stain upon the city’s honor: the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. There, in the space of forty-eight hours, more than a thousand Palestinian and Lebanese civilians perished as the Israeli occupiers turned a blind eye to the slaughter.

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