Lebanon: We Remember so as not to Repeat

Lebanon today is a haunted house: it stands, haunted by the ghosts of a civil war it has yet to recover from and a constitution that discriminates against its own people based on their religious sect. In this podcast, we go on a journey from the Holiday Inn in Beirut, to the little village of Kfarnabrakh, in an attempt to unravel the causes of the war and exorcise the demons that haunt the streets of Lebanon today. The question I ask is ‘Where do we go from here?’ I don’t have a great answer, but I will say one thing: Beware the chameleon. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO: 

  • Dr Illan rua Wall, Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Warwick, for his continuous and unwavering support throughout the process of creating this podcast. 
  • Prof. Caroline Nagel, Professor of Geography at the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina, for her valuable participation as an interviewee and her wonderful insight. 
  • Prof. Sune Haugbolle, Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University for his time and valuable participation as an interviewee.

BOOKS: 

  • Sune Haugbolle, War and Memory in Lebanon, (Cambridge University Press 2010)
  • Lina Khatib, Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond, (I.B. Tauris 2008) 
  • Latif Abul-Husn, The Lebanese Conflict: Looking Inward, (Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. 1998) 
  • Ussama Makdisi and Paul Silverstein, Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa, (Indiana University Press 2006)
  • Craig Larkin, Memory and Conflict in Lebanon, (Routledge 2015) 

ARTICLES: 

  • Sara Fregonese, ‘The urbicide of Beirut? Geopolitics and the built environment in the Lebanese civil war (1975–1976)’ (2017) 61 Political Geography 1.
  • Caroline Nagel, ‘Reconstructing space, re-creating memory: sectarian politics and urban development in post-war Beirut’ (2002) 21 Political Geography 717. 
  • Caroline Nagel, ‘Ethnic Conflict and Urban Redevelopment’ (2000) 31 Growth and Change 211. 
  • Sune Haugbolle, ‘Public and Private Memory of the Lebanese Civil War’ (2005) 25(1) Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 191.
  • Tarek Saad Ragab, ‘The crisis of cultural identity in rehabilitating historic Beirut-downtown’ (2011) 28(1) Cities 107. 
  • Sune Haugbolle, ‘The Leftist, The Liberal, and The Space in Between: Ziad Rahbani And Everyday Ideology’ (2016) 24(1) Arab Studies Journal 168. 

BLOGS AND NEWSPAPERS: 

MUSIC: 

  • Ghanili Shwaya by Zikrayat
  • Doulab Nahawand Murassaa by Zikrayat
  • Weirder by Drake Stafford 
  • Wireless by Lee Rosevere (Sped up)
  • Track 02 by Scott Wilson & Efendi

SOUNDCLIPS:

  • Club/Pub: Mixed chatter in a public house. (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Gunfire: Small Arms Fire, Grenades. (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Cars: 1.6 GL (Manual) 1982 model Ford Cortina. Interior, run in town traffic with starts and stops, stationary at end (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Cars: 1.6 GL (Manual) 1982 model, Ford Cortina. Interior, engine ticking over (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • exterior – approach , stop and switch oft(Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Gunfire: Machine Gun burst. (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Gunfire: Machine Gun burst. (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Clearing up broken glass (5C2) (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Squeaky feet, door open and close with squeak – 1968 (7G, reprocessed) (Credit to: BBC Sound Effects)
  • Sound of keys, zipper sounds were recorded by me. 

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