Maronite Christianity in Lebanon

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Lebanese Maronite Christians
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Total population
Lebanese Arabic
Christianity (Maronite Catholic)
Related ethnic groups
Other Lebanese & Levantine Arabs  • Ghassanids Arabs  • Phoenicians

Maronite Christianity in Lebanon refers to adherents of the Maronite Church in Lebanon, which is the largest Christian denomination in the country. The Lebanese Maronite Christians are believed to constitute about 22%[2] of the total population of Lebanon. Under the terms of an agreement known as the National Pact between the various political and religious leaders of Lebanon, the president of the country must be a Maronite.[3] Within the Lebanese context, especially political, the group is seen as an ethnoreligious group.[4][5]


Lebanese Maronites[6][7]
Year Percent

The last Census in Lebanon in 1932 put the numbers of Maronites at 29% of the population (227,800 of 791,700).[6] A study done by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1985 put the numbers of Maronites at 16% of the population (356,000 of 2,228,000).[6]

Lebanese Maronites constitutes 21% of Lebanon's population of approximately 4.3 million, which means they amount to 903,000 as of 2012.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "There are 3,198,600 Maronites in the World". 1994-01-03. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  2. ^ Lebanon - International Religious Freedom Report 2008 U.S. Department of State. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
  3. ^ United Nations Development Programme : Programme on Governance in the Arab Region : Elections : Lebanon. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ David Levinson (1 January 1998). Ethnic Groups Worldwide: A Ready Reference Handbook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 249. ISBN 978-1-57356-019-1. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Michael Slackman. (9 November 2006) Christians Struggle to Preserve a Balance of Power The New York Times. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Contemporary distribution of Lebanon's main religious groups". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 Report on International Religious Freedom - Lebanon". United States Department of State. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.