A country of 10,452 square kilometers, located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Syria on the north and east and Israel on the south, Lebanon has 18 religious confessions officially recognized by the Lebanese constitution. Some of these religious groups joined the indigenous people of Lebanon in their endeavor to find a refuge in its mountainous terrain away from persecution, where they could freely practice their political and religious beliefs. They preferred a harsh life in the mountains to the comfort of city life so as to be able to preserve and defend their religious beliefs and their cherished freedom. Over the years, due to the religious freedom that distinguished the country, Lebanon became a “mosaic of religions.” But, as is ...

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