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The secular movement in Lebanon 2006-2019

It was in 2006 that the secular idea (al-‘almâniyya), which the master Boutros al-Bustanî forged in 1861 in his journal Nafîr Sûriyâ, took a political and militant form, when a number of activists of secular tendency organised their first meeting in the form of the “Congress of Secularists in Lebanon” (Congrès des laïques au Liban) in May 2006.

This book evokes the history of this unprecedented phenomenon that Lebanon and the Arab-speaking societies experienced from 2006 and until the October 2019 revolt, including the popular secular movements of 2011 and 2015. It is through this process that Lebanon has witnessed the emergence of an interfaith secular movement that has put forward an unprecedented response to the crises of Lebanese society and Arab-speaking societies, which are predominantly Muslim.

Authors: Rachid Zaatari and Amin Elias

C’est en 2006 que l’idée laïque (al-‘almâniyya), dont le maître Boutros al-Boustanî a forgée en 1861 dans sa revue Nafîr Sûriyâ, prenne une forme politique et militante, quand un nombre de militants de tendance laïque organisent leur première rencontre sous la forme du « Congrès des laïques au Liban » en mai 2006.

Ce livre évoque l’histoire de ce phénomène sans précédent que le Liban et les sociétés d’expression arabe ont connu à partir de 2006 et jusqu’à la révolte d’octobre 2019 en passant par les mouvements populaires de tendance laïque de 2011 et 2015. C’est à travers ce parcours que le Liban a connu la cristallisation d’un courant laïque interconfessionnel qui a avancé une réponse inédite aux crises de la société libanaise et des sociétés d’expression arabe majoritairement musulmanes.

Auteurs : Rachid Zaatari et Amin Elias

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