Tolerance among Christian and Muslim University Students in Lebanon

By Filip Graovac and Christopher Reyes.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Lebanon is a diverse country which consisted of both Muslims and Christians. Their history is marred with violence that dated back to the Ottoman Empire in 1500s’. The country also struggled with internal conflicts between the two dominant religions, which resulted in the 1975 to 1990 terrifying and debilitating civil war. Religion beliefs and family values play major roles in this population. Lebanon was on a track for peace and desired to maintain that peace despite the different religious view points that contributed to their past. Are today’s Lebanese Christian and Muslim university age students (18-25 years old) equally tolerant and accepting of each others religious differences? This study seeks to determine whether the university-age generation of Lebanese Christians and Muslims are tolerant of each other’s religious differences.

Keywords: Religious Tolerance, Muslim, Christian, Religious Diversity, Lebanon, Lebanon Conflict

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.69-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 772.792KB).

Filip Graovac

Graduate Student, Behavioral Sciences Department, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA

I was brought up in what used to be SFR Yugoslavia in part that is now an independent republic of Serbia. In 1996, I was faced with the prospect of living with the devastating outcome of the civil war. This experience gave me insight on how religions and ethnic differences can cause a long lasting conflict. It prompted me to finish a BA and a MA in Theology from University of Wales, Lampeter, UK in 2008. I am currently finishing an MSA in Community and International Development at Andrews University, MI, USA. I have worked for a year in Australia as an assistant Minister and as a graduate assistant conducting research and other projects while pursuing my current degree. My interests are in influence of nationalism and religions in creating and resolving conflicts.

Christopher Reyes

Graduate Student, Behavioral Sciences Department, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA


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