From Michel Chiha to Rafik Hariri. (c2012)

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dc.contributor.author Kobaissi, Riad
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-28T08:05:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-28T08:05:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-05-28
dc.date.submitted 2012-02-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1155
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 106-110). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis tries to trace the effect of Michel Chiha’s ideas about Lebanon in Rafik Hariri’s discourse. Chiha is arguably the founder of the 1926 constitution, the architect of the Lebanese economy, and the theorist of the Lebanese political system. Rafik Hariri, on the other hand, is the Godfather of Ta‘ef Accord signed in 1989 and the architect of the reconstruction plan. Two main political figures lived in totally different eras, yet still share many similarities. These similarities are mainly derived from a shared discourse that links identity to geography. Accordingly, the political and economic identity of Lebanon is defined by reference to a geographic conceptual frame. In this vein, Lebanon is defined as a haven for minorities whose inhabitants are born to be traders. This conceptual frame has been inherited by the political class since the formation of Lebanon in 1920. Chiha propagated and theorized for Lebanon as a permanent entity for “inter-sharing minorities” and as having a free market economy. Hariri adopted this vision of Lebanon after a 15 years civil war. Such a relation between Hariri and Chiha might look irrelevant because of their different sectarian background. However, this is the main claim of this thesis, which is figuring out the role of the same class interest in shaping Chiha’s and Hariri’s discourses. This will be achieved by analyzing and comparing the main features of their respective discourses, in order to show where the two diverge and converge, and at what points they contradict each other, and why? en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chiha, Michel -- 1891-1954 -- Influence en_US
dc.subject Hariri, Rafiq Baha -- 1944-2005 -- Influence en_US
dc.subject Lebanon -- Politics and government en_US
dc.title From Michel Chiha to Rafik Hariri. (c2012) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Contiuity and discontinuity in the process of "Lebanonization" en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200102685 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Sami Baroudy
dc.author.commembers Dr. Fawwaz Trabulsi
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: xi, 111 leaves; 31 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Paul Tabar
dc.keywords Chiha en_US
dc.keywords Discourse en_US
dc.keywords Economy en_US
dc.keywords Geography en_US
dc.keywords Hariri en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Reconstruction en_US
dc.keywords Ta’ef en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2012.7 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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