Keserwan District

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Keserwan District
قضاء كسروان
District
Jounieh Bay
Jounieh Bay
Motto(s): 
"The Christians' Castle"
Location in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon
Country Lebanon
GovernorateKeserwan-Jbeil
CapitalJounieh
Area
 • Total336 km2 (130 sq mi)
Population
 • Total182,834
 • Density544/km2 (1,410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Keserwan District (Arabic: قضاء كسروان, transliteration: Qaḍā' Kisrawān) is a district (qadaa) in Keserwan-Jbeil Governorate, Lebanon, to the northeast of Lebanon's capital Beirut. The capital, Jounieh, is overwhelmingly Maronite Christian. The area is home to the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve.

Etymology[edit]

The name of Keserwan is most probably that of a Persian clan named the Kesra, who were early Persian settlers of the region. Kesra (Arabicized version of Khosro) has always been a common Persian name. Keserwan is its plural form.[1]

Demographics[edit]

According to voter registration data, the population is overwhelmingly Christian–the highest percentage-wise in the nation–with 97.95% of voters being Christian.[2] Of those, Maronites are the predominant denomination, comprising 92.16% of all voters in the district. The remaining Christians are Greek Melkite Catholics (2.14%), "minority Christians" (1.26%), Orthodox Christians (0.89%), Armenian Orthodox Christians (0.72%), Armenian Catholics (0.66%), and Evangelicals (0.11%). The Muslim population (2.05%) are divided between Shi'as (1.80%), Sunnis (0.25%), and Alawis (0.01%).

The number of registered voters by sect is as follows (with a total of 94200):

Harissa Cathedral, Keserwan District
  • 86,044 Maronites
  • 1,995 Greek Melkite Catholics
  • 1,682 Shia Muslims
  • 1,176 Minority Christians
  • 832 Greek Orthodox Christians
  • 668 Armenian Orthodox Christians
  • 619 Armenian Catholic Christians
  • 230 Sunni Muslims
  • 99 Evangelical Christians
  • 14 Alawites
  • 7 Druze

Electoral constituency[edit]

The district is part of the Keserwan-Byblos electoral district, with the district of Keserwan being allocated 5 Maronite seats (and the overall constituency having 7 Maronites and 1 Shi'ia).

Our Lady of Lebanon church, Keserwan District

Cities, towns, and villages[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salibi, Kamal (2003). A house of many mansions : the history of Lebanon reconsidered (Repr. ed.). London: I.B. Tauris. p. 139. ISBN 1860649122.
  2. ^ https://elections.lebanese-forces.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/KESERWAN-JBEIL-1.pdf

Coordinates: 33°58′11″N 35°36′56″E / 33.96972°N 35.61556°E / 33.96972; 35.61556