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LEBANON. In Lebanon's remarkably diverse society eighteen separate sects or confessional groups are recognized within the political system. In addition to a variety of Christian sects, which account for about 40 percent of the country's population, five Muslim sects are found in the country: Sunnis, Shfis, Druze, `Alawis, and Isma'ilis. As of 1992 the first four enjoyed political representation in parliament; the Isma'ilis, commonly referred to as "Seveners," number only a few hundred and play n ...more

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