Civil Administration of the Mountain

The Civil Administration of the Mountain, sometimes referred to as Jabal al-Druze, named after the Druze region in Syria, was a Druze-dominated geopolitical region that existed in Lebanon from 1983 until its gradual erosion following the Taif Agreement and the end of the country's civil war. It was one of the wartime state-like territories (known as cantons) which was controlled by the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA controlled most of the Chouf district and some parts of Aley and Baabda. It bordered the East Beirut canton to the north, which was controlled by a rival Christian militia, the Lebanese Forces.[1][2][3]

Voice of the MountainEdit

Although its beginning was in 1983,[4] the broadcasting of the Voice of the Mountain officially began operations on 1 February 1984.[5] It operated from the Chouf Mountains.[6] Ghazi Aridi worked as the director of the station until 1994 when it was closed.[4]


  1. ^ Kingston, Paul; Spears, Ian S., eds. (2004). "Rebuilding A House of Many Mansions: The Rise and Fall of Militia Cantons in Lebanon". States-Within-States. New York: Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 87. doi:10.1057/9781403981011. ISBN 978-1-349-52777-9.
  2. ^ Barak, The Lebanese Army – A National institution in a divided society (2009), pp. 100-101.
  3. ^ Harik, Judith P. (1993). "Change and Continuity among the Lebanese Druze Community: The Civil Administration of the Mountains, 1983-90". Middle Eastern Studies. 29 (3): 377–398. doi:10.1080/00263209308700957. ISSN 0026-3206. JSTOR 4283575.
  4. ^ a b Ibrahim, Roula (23 September 2012). "Walid Jumblatt and His Two Right Hands". Al Akhbar. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  5. ^ Summary of World Broadcasts: Non-Arab Africa, Eds 8247–8273. British Broadcasting Corporation. Monitoring Service. 1986
  6. ^ Mekhon Shiloaḥ le-ḥeḳer ha-Mizraḥ ha-tikhon ṿe-Afriḳah, and Merkaz Dayan le-ḥeḳer ha-Mizraḥ ha-Tikhon ṿe-Afriḳah (Universiṭat Tel-Aviv). Middle East Contemporary Survey. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1986. p. xxx