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Civil marriage and confessionalism in Lebanon

During my first stay in Lebanon some three years ago, I was intrigued by the many billboards advertising “wedding packages” in neighbouring Cyprus. Friends explained to me that this was very common for couples from different religious communities in Lebanon to travel to Cyprus to tie the knot in a “secular” way. Indeed, in Lebanon, … Continue reading

Tunisia and the Revolution as a process

The week ended with the news of the assassination of a prominent member of the opposition in Tunisia, Chokri Belaid. Born in 1964, Mr. Belaid studied law in Iraq and France before returning to Tunisia and opposing the former regime. In the aftermath of Ben Ali’s fall, he founded the Democratic Patriots’ Movement, a pan-Arab, … Continue reading