Post-Conflict Transition in Lebanon: The Disappeared of the Civil War, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Post-Conflict Transition in Lebanon

The Disappeared of the Civil War, 1st Edition

By Lyna Comaty


256 pages

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Hardback: 9781138230415
pub: 2019-04-25
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Addressing one of the most pressing issues of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) that is still unresolved almost thirty years later, this book adopts a political, sociological and anthropological approach to look at periods of transition from conflict to peace in Lebanon.

Inducing a set of questions about the social and political system, the post-conflict state has been pushing for a politics of amnesty and amnesia. The case study delves into the notion of transition from conflict to peace by looking in the case of the estimated 17000 people who disappeared during the Civil War. Using the concept of liminality to understand the evolution of the issue over the years, the book follows the trajectory of the relatives of the missing, who have formed a communitas – a group sharing strong feelings of comradeship and brother/sisterhood by virtue of finding themselves in the same situation.

Offering a novel way of looking at transitions, the book is a significant contribution to Peace studies, and it will be an interest of students and academics working in Human Rights, Political Science and the Middle East disciplines.

Table of Contents


1. Taif: between a peace agreement and a political project

2. Relatives of the disappeared, a communitas in liminality

3. The relationship between the state/regime and the communitas

4. The local external environment and the communitas

5. The communitas and the global discourse of human rights and transitional justice

6. The slide from global to local: mechanisms of liminality and unintended outcomes

Conclusion - Looking beyond the transitory state: Lebanon three decades into the post-conflict

About the Author

Lyna Comaty is a lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at the American University of Beirut and a Social and Political activist through various projects she leads with civil society organizations and political parties in Lebanon. Her research interests include political reform, peacebuilding, and development.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Society

This new series seeks to examine the various developments and changes in contemporary Middle East society. From a variety of disciplinary approaches it includes books on issues such as globalization, the impact of economic, religious and political change on people’s lives, the family and gender relations in the region.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies