Lesson 7: Lebanon

Fairuz performs abaytak Bisayf

This week we’re going to travel to Lebanon, which has long been one of the most open-minded, forward-looking countries in the region. We’re going to learn a little about always-progressive Lebanese music and tout the capital, Beirut, as “the Paris of the Middle East.” Unfortunately we’re also going to recount the sad story of Lebanon’s fifteen year Civil War during which so many groups fought so many others, tracing the origins of their disagreements back and back and back, some of them over a thousand years.

MUCH LEBANESE MUSICAL CONTENT TO COME.

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