Author Archives: Sam Tarling

Laid to rest

Reading Time: < 1 minute In early November 2012, two Salafis were killed in clashes with Hezbollah in the city of Sidon the previous day over the removal of posters commemorating the Shia festival of Ashura. On the 12th of the month, leading Salafis took to the streets for their funeral.

Taking on the state

Reading Time: < 1 minute   On Sunday, October 21, 2012, a group of demonstrators who had been attending the funeral of Wissam al-Hassan at Martyrs’ Square broke away and attempted to storm past police lines guarding the Lebanese government building at the Serail [Photo: Executive/Sam Tarling]

A town stands tall

Reading Time: 4 minutes There's no call to prayer in Al Qusayr these days. It is not that the townsfolk have forgotten their faith, but rather the mosques have been blown full of holes, rubble and dust. The daily dawn call is a smatter of machine gun fire from the government checkpoints and the occasional percussive bass of an

Cash Stash

Reading Time: < 1 minute I was born a collector,” says Abdo Ayoub, the man who has put together the world’s largest collection of Lebanese Lira notes. Since 1985 the former Sleep Comfort co-owner has collected more than 500,000 individual banknotes, all issued as legal tender in Lebanon between 1920 and the present day. As a youngster he hoarded his