Orthodox Christianity in Lebanon
|Christianity (Greek Orthodox)|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Lebanese & Levantine Arabs • Ghassanids Arabs • Phoenicians • Byzantine Greeks|
Orthodox Christianity in Lebanon refers to adherents of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Lebanon, which is the second largest Christian denomination in the country after the Maronites. The Lebanese Greek Orthodox Christians are believed to constitute about 8% of the total population of Lebanon. Most of the Greek Orthodox Christians live in the capital city of Beirut, the Southeast (Nabatieh/Beqaa) and North, near Tripoli. Under the terms of an agreement known as the National Pact between the various political and religious leaders of Lebanon, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister in Lebanon are obligated to be Greek Orthodox Christians. Within the Lebanese context, especially political, the group is seen as an ethnoreligious group.
The Greek Orthodox adhere to the Orthodox Eastern Church, which is composed of several autocephalous jurisdictions united by common doctrine and by their use of the Byzantine rite. They are the second largest Christian denomination within Christianity in Lebanon. Historically, these churches grew out of the four Eastern Patriarchates (Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Constantinople), which came to oppose the views and claims of the Popes of Rome. The final split between Rome and the Eastern Church took place in 1054. From that time, with the exception of a brief period of reunion in the fifteenth century, the Eastern Church has continued to reject the claim of the Roman patriarchate to universal supremacy and has rejected the concept of papal infallibility. Doctrinally, the main point at issue between the Eastern and Western Churches is that of the procession of the Holy Spirit. There are also divergences in ritual and discipline.
The Greek Orthodox include many free-holders, and the community is less dominated by large landowners than other Christian denominations. In present-day Lebanon, the Greek Orthodox Christians have become increasingly urbanized, and form a major part of the commercial and professional class of Beirut and other cities. Many are found in the Southeast (Nabatieh/Beqaa) and North, near Tripoli. They are highly educated and well-versed in finance. The Greek Orthodox church has become known in the past for its pan-Arab orientation, possibly because it exists in various parts of the Arab world. The Greek Orthodox church has often served as a bridge between Lebanese Christians and the Arab countries.
Lebanese Greek Orthodox Christians have a long and continuous association with Greek Orthodox Churches in European countries like Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. The church exists in many parts of the Arab world and Greek Orthodox Christians have often been noted for pan-Arab or pan-Syrian leanings; historically, it has had less dealings with Western countries than the Maronite Church. The Lebanese Greek Orthodox Christians are believed to constitute about 8% of the total population of Lebanon, including the Palestinian Greek Orthodox community, many of whom have been given Lebanese citizenship.
The political parties, supported by the community are the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the Lebanese Communist Party, the Free Patriotic Movement, the Marada Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb, the Democratic Left Movement and the Future Movement.
Cities, towns and villages with an Eastern Orthodox Christian majority or large minority in Lebanon
In present-day Lebanon, the Greek Orthodox Christians are found in Beirut, the Southeast (Nabatieh/Beqaa) and North, near Tripoli, Koura and also in Akkar, Batroun, Matn, Aley, Zahlé, Miniyeh-Danniyeh, Hasbaya, Baabda, Marjeyoun, Tripoli, Rashaya, Jbeil and Zgharta.
- Cities and towns with a majority Greek Orthodox population in Lebanon are Achrafieh, Amioun, Kousba, Anfeh, Deddeh, Kfaraakka, Aaba, Afsdik, Bdebba, Batroumine, Bishmizzine, Btourram, Bkeftine, Bsarma, Btaaboura, Darchmezzine, Fih, Kaftoun, Kelhat, Kfarhata, Kfarhazir, Kfarsaroun, Ras Maska, Miniara, Cheikh Mohammad, Zawarib, Hamat, Douma, Dhour El Choueir, Bteghrine, Mansourieh, Broummana, Kafarakab, Bhamdoun, Souk El Gharb, Marjayoun, Deir Mimas, Rachaya Al Foukhar, Aita al-Foukhar etc.
- Cities and towns with an important Greek Orthodox minority are Ras Beirut, Tripoli, El Mina, Chekka, Bourj Hammoud, Zahleh, Halba, Batroun, Bikfaya, Baskinta, Antelias, Ras el Matn, Aley, Bechamoun, Machgara, Hasbaya, Kfeir, Niha Bekaa, Rit and others.
Notable Greek Orthodox figures in Lebanon
- Farid Makari - Lebanese politician, former Lebanese Minister, Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament.
- Charles Debbas - former President (1926–1934)
- Charles Malik - former President of the United Nations General Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Antun Saadeh- Lebanese Syrian Nationalist philosopher and founder of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party
- Antoine Andraos - Lebanese politician and a vice-president of the Movement of the Future
- Elias Murr - former Deputy Prime Minister
- Michel Murr - politician and former Deputy Prime Minister
- Michel Sassine - former Lebanese Minister, Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister
- Mounir Abou Fadel - Political figure of Lebanon, Member and Vice Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament
- Roger Achkar - Lebanese award-winning author, engineer, business thinker, painter and musician
- George Antonius - Lebanese-Egyptian author and diplomat,one of the first historians of Arab nationalism
- Moukheiber Al Ashkar - Lebanese journalist
- George N. Atiyeh - Lebanese librarian and scholar
- Souha Bechara - Lebanese resistance fighter and member of the Lebanese Communist Party
- Yousef Beidas - Palestinian Lebanese banker
- Gabrielle Bou Rached - Lebanese model and actress
- Elie Frizli - Lebanese Orthodox Christian politician.
- Fawaz Gerges - Lebanese-born US citizen professor and author
- Farid Habib - Lebanese politician and a member of the Lebanese Forces party.
- Nicolas Hayek - Swiss-Lebanese American entrepreneur, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Swatch Group
- Saint Joseph of Damascus - Greek Orthodox Christian priest and educator who was canonized as a saint in 1993.
- Samir Kassir - Lebanese professor of history at Saint-Joseph University, journalist and a prominent leftist political activist.
- Wehbe Katicha - Lebanese politician and a former general in the Lebanese Army
- Elias Khoury - Lebanese novelist, playwright, critic and a prominent public intellectual.
- Giselle Khoury - talk show host on the Al Arabiya news channel.
- Jacobo Majluta Azar - Former President of the Dominican Republic.
- Mikhail Mishaqa - first historian of modern Ottoman Syria.
- Tarek Mitri - Lebanese Greek Orthodox university professor and independent politician.
- Samir Mouqbel - Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon.
- Ibrahim Najjar - lawyer and a Lebanese politician.
- Octavia Nasr - journalist who covers Middle East affairs.
- Mona Ofeich - Lebanese politician.
- Assi Rahbani - Lebanese composer, musician and producer.
- Ziad Rahbani - Lebanese producer, lyricist, composer, arranger, orchestra conductor, pianist, and singer.
- Mansour Rahbani - Lebanese composer, musician, poet and producer.
- Raphael of Brooklyn - first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in North America.
- Salim Saade - Lebanese politician and member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.
- Christina Sawaya - Lebanese beauty queen.
- Lady Cochrane Sursock - philanthropist, a prominent public figure, and an advocate of the arts in Lebanon.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Lebanese American essayist and scholar whose work focuses on problems of randomness, probability and uncertainty.
- Petro Trad - Lebanese lawyer, politician, and former President of the French Mandate of Lebanon for a brief period (22 July 1943 – 21 September 1943).
- Gebran Tueni (journalist) - famous Lebanese journalist and a figure of the Arab Renaissance.
- Ghassan Tueni - veteran Lebanese journalist, politician and diplomat who headed An Nahar, one of the Arab World's leading newspapers.
- Nayla Tueni - Lebanese journalist and politician.
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