Will Civil Marriage End Confessionalism in Lebanon?


Qifa Nabki

jadaliyyaI’ve written an essay for Jadaliyya that explores the long-term political implications of implementing civil marriage in Lebanon. As it currently stands, the wedding between Nidal Darwish and Khulud Sukkariyyeh has been rejected by the Lebanese government, even though the civil society organization that orchestrated the marriage had allegedly received assurances in the past from both the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior (under Ziad Baroud) that the marriage could go forward.

Be sure to also read Abdallah Salam’s open letter to Minister Marwan Charbel in An-Nahar, which has now been published in English in The Daily Star as well.

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Will Civil Marriage End Lebanon’s Confessional System?

In tying the matrimonial knot last week, Kholoud Succariyeh and Nidal Darwish sliced through a cultural, legal, sectarian knot of Gordian proportions. The pair became the first couple in history to be wed in a civil marriage…

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