Tabbouleh, Dabkeh & Trauma: The Lebanese common inheritance (2019)
The declaration of Greater Lebanon by the French mandate in 1920, was a demarcation of borders designed to bottle and preserve the balance of tensions between heterogeneous minorities whose interrelation constitutes the nation. A nation born out of the contradictions of the pre-existing debts of its fragments. The militia and military leaders of the past and the descendants of feudal families provide services, elsewhere provided by the state, as a form of exceptional favours in return for public support. In other words, leaders as creditors, collect credit as loyalty. Consequently, as a means to maintain the threshold of precarity necessary to sustain power, leaders choreograph existing tensions between sects and parties, emanating performances that climaxes in fascist discourses.