Lebanon is an obscure country that is hardly ever in the news, primarily because of its peaceful nature and its total lack of newsworthy incidents and events.
We have done some research about this country to introduce it to a Western audience, captured in this photo essay.
|Religion plays a very small role in public life in Lebanon and most of its citizens aren't interested in religion. The only religious buildings that could be found in the country are ancient and are rarely visited except by tourists.|
|Lebanon is a sparsely inhabited country, you can drive for hours without seeing another car. Traffic jams are virtually unheard of and most people live very far from their closest neighbours to form a meaningful relationship.|
|One of Lebanon's 'peace-monks', secular pacifists who spend their lives spreading the message of tolerance and loving your neighbour.|
|Lebanon's most popular celebrity philosopher Hassan Nasrallah giving a public speech to thousands in Beirut. This particular lecture was about the finer points of post-structuralism.|
|Lebanon's most famous football player Saad Hariri. The Lebanese aren't that interested in sports and certainly don't use them as a vehicle for sectarian conflict, hence most athletes are slightly fat.|
|Lebanon's celebrity TV medical expert, Dr Samir Geagea, seen here here with one of his unorthodox cures for acne.|
|Experimental fireworks in Beirut celebrating the big bang theory and showing the country's deep fondness for science and intellectual pursuits.|