Les Racines Du Nationalisme Libanais

Jawad Boulos

J’ai à vous parler, ce soir, des racines du nationalisme libanais, ou, plus exactement, des fondements réels de la nation libanaise.

Outre sa complexité, ce sujet recèle des points délicats qui, faute d’être objectivement traits, laissent subsister dans le pays un vague malaise. Aussi, dans notre présente causerie, apporterons-nous à l’examen sommaire de cette question une objectivité scientifique rigoureuse.

Pour mieux comprendre la question qui nous occupe, il convient, tout d’abord, de définir le mot nationalisme. En second lieu, pour savoir si la nation libanaise existe réellement, il importe, au préalable, de définir la nation en général, dans le sens moderne de ce terme. En troisième lieu, nous montrerons que la société libanaise actuelle constitue effectivement une nation moderne. Enfin, nous verrons que la nation libanaise actuelle n’est pas une création artificielle ni récente, et que ses racines ou origines historiques plongent dans le fonds d’un très vieux passé.

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1500 year-old ‘Syriac Bible found in east of Tur Abdin, southeast of Turkey

23.2.2012 | 11:45

Ankara / Turkey – The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus.

The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript in the bible could be about 1500 to 2000 years old.After waiting eight years in Ankara the ancient bible is being transferred to the Ankaran Ethnography Museum with a police escort.

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Making Phoenician history accessible to all

Susan Velasquez
Newark City Guide Examiner

Salim George Khalaf, founder and author of the Encyclopedia Phoeniciana, has been sharing his knowledge and information on Phoenician history since 1996. Discovering an obvious lack of accurate historical information about his culture and background, he decided to put his own website together, and it is now considered one of the best resources for students and artists. He is now working with Dr. Nicholas Kahwaji at the newly formed Phoenician International Research Center.

According to their website: The center is a not-for-profit organization, which researches the history and contribution to world culture of the Canaanite Phoenicians and Punic people, from the dawn of history until present day. It supports ancient history student scholarships, disseminates information through phoenicia.org, builds international and domestic relations with similar centers, publishes books on the subject, creates electronic libraries and databases, and promotes the preservation and protection of Phoenician antiquities and historic sites.

The center is in touch with scholars in Italy to promote collaboration with Italian, Tunisian and Spanish centers and scholars that work in this field. Further, the center looks forward to signing collaborative agreements with Lebanese institutes, centers and universities that are interested in pursuing this subject.
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