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Reply To: What were the “three ascendancies?” How did these ascendancies lead to the current situation in Lebanon?

Erik Nilsen


Considering that the values of western liberal democracies largely originate from Christianity itself, it is no surprise that Lebanon experienced continuous domestic peace during the Christian ascendancy. Islam is only tolerant of such values inasmuch as they preserve the rights of a Muslim minority in a non-Muslim country, but a Muslim-controlled state has never extended the same tolerance to other minority groups the way Christian republics do.