"The zu'ama of Zahlah
: the current situation in a Lebanese town." Middle East Journal, 27, 1974, pp.
Both communities are a strong presence in the towns and villages of Rashayya and Hasbayya in the southern Beqa, and the Orthodox are very numerous in the South Lebanon district of Marjuyun (the seat of one of their metropolitans), and in the Central Beqa both in and around the city of Zahlah
(the seat of another metropolitan).
For Harris, the "troika" arrangement of President Hrawi (Maronite from Zahlah
), Prime Minister Hariri (Sunni from Sidon) and Parliament Speaker Nabi Birri (Shia from Nabatiya) is an unholy alliance that has worked for its own corrupt interests and those of its very few and very influential friends, the 450 individuals whom the author cites earlier in the book as controlling 55 percent of the country's assets in its banking system in 1992 (p.
The Zu'ama' of Zahlah
: The Current Situation in a Lebanese Town.