By Alixa Naff
A special learn in American immigration and assimilation heritage that still offers a different view of 1 of the smaller ethnic teams in American society. Naff specializes in the pre-World conflict I pioneering iteration of Arabic-speaking immigrants, the new release that set the styles for payment and assimilation. in contrast to many immigrants who have been interested in the USA by way of desires of business jobs or to flee non secular or fiscal persecution, almost all these artisans and proprietors of small, disconnected plots of land got here to the US to interact within the firm of peddling. so much deliberate to stick or 3 years and return to their homelands.
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The most deep-seated grievances stemmed from Page 23 the controversial theological and doctrinal positions adopted and enforced by the Byzantine courtpositions, heatedly debated in early Christian councils and opposed by many Syrians. Consequent heretical movements were suppressed there and many of the sectarian minorities took refuge in the mountains of Lebanon. They would later be joined by Islamic heretical minorities. It was Byzantium's misfortune that its political, military, and economic decline and the heightened disaffection of its Syrian population coincided with the rise of Islam.
Of course, no one religion, ideology, national identity, or sense of history and heritage defines all Arabs. A popularly held definition states, in effect, that one is an Arab who is of Arab origin or descent, who speaks the Arabic language, whose character is formed by Arab culture, and who takes pride in the glorious Arab past. This definition, simple as it is, overlooks the complexities imposed on any generalization by Arab history, geography, and society. " 6 Many Christians would reject Gibb's notion of Page 16 Arabness.
Its approximately 85,000-square-mile surface is divided among highlands, valleys, plains, steppes, and desert. Moving inland from a coast dotted with port cities from Jaffa to Alexandretta (including Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, and Tripoli), a fertile uneven narrow plain merges into a belt of broken highlands, the most prominent and relevant of which is the Page 19 Mount Lebanon range. This range extends from above the city of Tripoli in the north to just above the port of Tyre in the south. Beirut, outside the jurisdiction of the autonomous government of Mount Lebanon before 1920, sits on a promontory which juts into the sea midway between the two cities.