Lebanon’s Salafis: opportunities and constraints in a divided society

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Salafism was not prominent in Lebanon before the war in Syria. The chapter outlines the sudden rise of Salafism in the country and explains it through the direct influence of the war in Syria on Lebanese politics and society. Sectarian tensions in this respect are crucial to account for the rise in Salafi rhetoric, which fuels sectarianism further.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSalafism after the Arab Awakening
Subtitle of host publicationcontending with people’s power
EditorsFrancesco Cavatorta, Fabio Merone
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190274993
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Salafis
  • Lebanon
  • Divided societies
  • Civil war


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