Lina Murr Nehmé

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Lina Murr Nehmé
Born (1955-07-12) July 12, 1955 (age 61)
Occupation Author, Historian, University Professor

Lina Murr Nehmé (born 1955) is a French-Lebanese historian and expert on Islam, Middle Eastern affairs and global terrorism. She is a professor at the Lebanese University.[1]


Lina Murr Nehmé was born in 1955 in Lebanon, and graduated from Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, in 1982. She is the daughter of May and Alfred Murr (also historical authors). She is an historian and an expert on Islam, Middle Eastern affairs and global terrorism. Lina Murr Nehmé is also a professor (at the Lebanese University) and a painter. She has exhibited some of her paintings in the USA, Lebanon and also in France.[1]


Defence of Cultural Heritage[edit]

In 2012, Lina Murr Nehmé took action to defend archeological sites in Beirut scheduled for destruction.[2] After an initial phase of political lobbying, including meeting with the Minister of Culture, she organized a demonstration on 21 April 2012 centered on the situation of Plot 1474, which contains archaeological remains. In statements to the press, she asserted that the profits of private corporations should take second place to the preservation of cultural heritage. [3][4]


She has also taken stands on the issue of war hostages from the Lebanese War, noting that many families are still in uncertainty about the fate of a loved one. She demands that any hostage still alive be freed, and that information be released on those that are dead.[5] She also took position publicly for the full investigation of a purported mass grave discovered in Chebaniyeh, Lebanon.[6] This followed a 2008 mass graves scandal that started with the publication of an article by journalist Manal Chaaya revealing the location of a purported mass grave at Halate, Lebanon.[5][7]

Right to Privacy[edit]

In 2011, she took a stand on the right to privacy, noting how significant quantities of data on Lebanese citizense were being collected by the government, and in some cases leaked to external parties.[8]

Research Interests[edit]


Lina Murr Nehmé has done research on the archeology of Baalbek. She argues that the origin of financing of previous archaeological missions has biased the research conclusions.[9]


She has done research on the Renaissance, particularly focusing on how artists were financed in order to spread ideas that served the political ends of backers.[10]

Orthodox Schism[edit]

She has also researched the evolution of the Orthodox Schism. In particular, she studied the Council of Florence, in which the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church announced a union (which fell apart when Constantinople fell to the Turks). She concludes that the Council of Florence is valid from the Orthodox Christian perspective, and that the Orthodox achieved all of their theological objectives:

In the Council of Florence, the Orthodox refused to add the Filioque to the Creed, refused to modify saint Basil’s liturgy, refused to use unleavened bread for the liturgy, refused to authorize the Pope to appoint the Patriarch of Constantinople, refused even to allow the Patriarch’s election to be held outside of Constantinople. Moreover, they did not make one single dogmatic renunciation: they united themselves with the Latins only after the Latins had conceded that the Holy spirit has a single principle, the Father. However they did abandon pride in Florence, by accepting the Pope’s primacy. But they were far from doing that because they were subjected to pressure. they were, in fact, subjected to an opposite pressure, since the Pope was at the time in a position of extreme weakness. Italian armies were waging war on him in the field, and a Republic had been proclaimed in Rome. He was a refugee in Florence, and the rich Italian merchants despised him. At the same time, the King of France was waging a theological war against him through the Council of Basel. the aim of this war was the final destruction of Papal power.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Lina Murr, Baalbek Phoenician, Prophéties Bible, Mahomet, Orthodox schism, Liban Assassiné". 
  2. ^ "أخبار سياسية من لبنان، الشرق الأوسط والعالم - Lebanon & Middle East News". 
  3. ^ "أخبار سياسية من لبنان، الشرق الأوسط والعالم - Lebanon & Middle East News". 
  4. ^ "أخبار سياسية من لبنان، الشرق الأوسط والعالم - Lebanon & Middle East News". 
  5. ^ a b "Les otages libanais dans les prisons syriennes, jusqu'à quand ?" Lina Murr Nehmé
  6. ^ "Page introuvable". 
  7. ^ " - This website is for sale! - solida Resources and Information." (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Page introuvable". 
  9. ^ Archeologia magazine, p.36, (Qui a financé la construction de ces géants absolus de l'architecture antique ? L'examen attentif de la documentation apporte des réponses surprenantes.), Paris 2004.
  10. ^ La Renaissance en Question 1 & 2, Lina Murr Nehmé
  11. ^ 1453: Muhammad II imposes the Orthodox Schism, Lina Murr Nehmé