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Camille Moubarak
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Native nameCamille Moubarak
Kfarniss - Lebanon
🏳️ NationalityLebanese
Other names
🏳️ CitizenshipLebanese
🏫 EducationSocial Sciences, Social Doctrine, Multiculturalism, and Philosophy
Studied at Pontifical Lateran University (Italy), USEK (Lebanon)
💼 Occupation
President of La Sagesse University (Lebanon)
💵 Salary :
📆 Years active  2011-2015
🏢 OrganisationSagesse University
He is best known for his social and political doctrines conferred in Lebanon
WorksThinker, pedagogue, scholar, researcher, poet, writer, political activist, influencer
👴 👵 Parent(s)Moubarak Moubarak and Zahia Chahine
HonorsThe National Medal of Merit In The Rank of Officer - Honored by the President of the Lebanese Republic
🥚 Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/MoubarakCamille
👍 Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/perecamille.moubarak

Monsignor Camille Moubarak (Born December 15, 1947, in Kfarnis, Lebanon) is a Lebanese influential political scientist, political activist, philosopher, scholar, researcher, poet[1], writer[2], and a Maronite Priest. He is best known for his social and political doctrines conferred in Lebanon, for the maintenance of peace and social cohesion in a country torn by tensions and intercommoned strife. He has lectured about peace, held interviews on TV, radio, social networks, and newspapers to spread awareness for all the people around, sparing them from risks of civil war and bringing a sense of democracy, awareness, accepting and tolerating each other[3].

Core of his Work[edit]

Reading the books of poetry of Mgr. Moubarak, one can easily sense the dominant harmony of the classical types of rhymes (end, internal, slant, rich, eyes or identical rhymes) respecting the sonic need of the listener. As for the content, Mgr. Moubarak combined French symbolism and German contemplation, making his poetry a school of thought that draws closer to philosophy, but not farther from romanticism. His poetry - rich in faith - calls on the reader to contemplate existence as it is.

His socio-political publications are clearly influenced by Jürgen Habermas and Alasdair MacIntyre without denying the principles of liberalism that acknowledge the existence of the individual before the state and the nation. They reflect a clear respect for what the school of Communitarianism stands for, stressing on the need of finding commonalities that bring people together for an acceptable and peaceful coexistence among minorities; especially after the massive migrations, the societies currently has no longer a single cultural face. These common denominators do not contradict the bill of human rights, but they consist of other foundations such as: respect of motherhood, uplifting of the disenfranchised, importance of child care, and safety of the environment. His motives in all that are to avoid all the causes of cultural conflicts that might lead to military stages. His reform-oriented ideas are in phase with those of the two Canadian Will Kymlicka and Charles Taylor.

Mgr. Moubarak is in favor of implementing the federal system in Lebanon. He believes that the federal system can resolve the problem of sectarianism just like it has resolved the problem of cultural diversity throughout the world (The Cultural Roots of the Lebanese Wars, in collaboration with Dr Jean Boulos, 2009, p270 - p282). Moreover, he assures that individuals’ dignity is the same, regardless of their community because they are, above all, human beings (Anthropology and Social Ethics, 2001, pp123-124). As to the recognition of differences advocated by community members, it does not emanate from individuals as individuals, but from their place in society. This is where the obligation of respecting ethnic groups as communities not as individuals comes from.

Mgr. Moubarak promotes that the solution to the problems of minorities is based on the balance of respect. We should not stop at individuals nor move past the community. Each solution that does not respect the balance between the collective identity and the individual’s will create an “amorphous” culture, which is dependent, unintentionally, on discrimination, if not racism (Multiculturalism in the Contemporary Political Mind, 2001, p94).

Mgr. Moubarak holds on the idea that the liberal perspective, whether it is traditional or innovative, is based on an atomist conception of society, as a collectivity of free and rational individuals. Those are supposed to act as disengaged, exempt of any prior determination, being social or cultural, and likely to willingly choose the ends and values that guide their actions. They are surrounded by a veil of ignorance as to their origins, their places in society (The Problem of Minorities and the Frameworks for Intercultural Coexistence, 2002, p150). He vigorously theorizes that an individual should not distance himself from the goals of his own community, since common goals play a crucial part in the construction of his personality and give sense to every individual action. As a result, the constituent attachment of every human being to the values of his ethnic group necessitates recognition of collective rights (The Problem of Minorities and the Frameworks for Intercultural Coexistence, 2002, p158).

Teaching Career[edit]

Mgr. Camille Moubarak started his educational journey at the Protestant Institute in Beirut, and the Lebanese League School, Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour (Jesuits school), to end at Collège de la Sagesse Brasilia in Beirut. From a school teacher to a college professor at the Institute of Theology - Saint Joseph University (Jesuits order), and at La Sagesse University, Mgr. Moubarak taught anthropology, ethics, multiculturalism and political science. Topics already treated in many of his books to be mentioned later on.

He became the administrator of La Sagesse School in Beirut in 1987 (1987-1997), then La Sagesse School of Jdeideh, Metn, in 1997 (1997-1999), to end up as the President of Sagesse University between 2011 and 2015[4], as he served previously as Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations for fifteen years. In 2015 he received the Deanship of the Doctoral Institute at Sagesse University.

Revolutionary and innovator, he endorsed the shift from traditional educational system to a project-based one.


He was ordained priest on June 9, 1984 and served in a number of Maronite parishes within the archdiocese of Beirut such as Saint Joseph at Ashrafieh, Our Lady at Ain Saadeh, Saint George at Beit Mery, Saint Antony at Jdeideh El Metn and lately Our Lady at Hadath. In all stages of his service, he was active in the pastoral field and the theological and social preaching. He was elevated to the dignity of Chorbishop on October 7, 2012[5].

Early Life and Education[edit]

Mgr. Camille Moubarak son of Moubarak Moubarak and Zahia Chahine, was born on December 15th, 1947. He used to be homeschooled by his parents until he joined the school of Lebanese Missionaries in Jounieh, Lebanon. After that, he was sent to the public school of Ain Dara and then to the secondary public school of Furn el Chebbak where he finished secondary school with a concentration in philosophy. He later joined the University of St. Joseph of the Jesuits in Beirut, where he majored in Literature and graduated with a PhD. His dissertation was titled "Ibn Khaldun's Racial Discrimination." Afterwards, he went for another major in Philosophy and Theology at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - Jounieh. Then he went to Rome and joined the Pontifical Lateran University where he deepened his studies in economic, political and reformatory theories, and graduated with a doctorate degree in Social Ecclesial Doctrine. His thesis was titled "The Issue of Minorities between Politics and Religion."


In poetry:

  • Moubarak, Camille (2000). Disappointment, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1998). Letters to me from me, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1996). Travel without Distances, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1992). When the Wounds Bloom, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1987). Lanterns that don’t turn off, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.

In Prose:

  • Moubarak, Camille (2017). When There Is an Abundance of Sour Grapes - Beirut 2007-2016, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2015). Fruits of Trials and Tribulations, Volume III, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.[6]
  • Moubarak, Camille (2013). Fruits of Trials and Tribulations, Volume II, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.[7]
  • Moubarak, Camille (2012). Fruits of Trials and Tribulations, Volume I, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2010). Truth and Safety to All of You, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2009). The Cultural Roots of the Lebanese Wars, in collaboration with Dr Jean Boulos, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.[8]
  • Moubarak, Camille (2007). Principles of the Social Ecclesial Doctrine, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2007). I Know What I believe in, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2005). Reflections of the Holy Week, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2005). Meditations on the Silence of Words, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2004). Dialogue without Colors, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2002). The Problem of Minorities and the Frameworks for Intercultural Coexistence (French), Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2001). Multiculturalism in the Contemporary Political Mind, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (2001). Anthropology and Social Ethics, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1999). Before the Wheat Spikes are Mature, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1994). God on the Tongues of Poets, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  • Moubarak, Camille (1976). The Story of the Lebanese Reality.

External video links[edit]


  1. Ghorayeb, Georges (1998). From a Weight to a Weight - With Camille Moubarak, the Priest of the Poetry, Al-Hikmat Edition, Beirut.
  2. Abou Chacra et al., (1999). What Has Been Written About What Had Been Written - Critical Opinions on the Poetry of Father Camille Moubarak, Samaha Library Edition, Beirut.
  3. Mengès-Le Pape, Christine (2010). L'enseignement des religions: approches laïques et religieuses - Issue 2 of Publications du Centre universitaire de Tarn-et-Garonne. Presses de l'Université des sciences sociales de Toulouse.
  4. "ULS - Faculté de Gestion Hôtelière avec la certification académique de l' Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne - Father Camille Moubarak New President". www.uls.edu.lb. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  5. "Camille Moubarak élevé à la dignité de chorévêque". L'Orient-Le Jour (in français). 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  6. ""من جنى التجارب III" ... جديد الأب كميل مبارك" (in العربية). Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  7. ""من جنى التجارب II" جديد الأب كميل مبارك حِكَم تعزف سمفونية الحق والخير والجمال". An-Nahar (in العربية). 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  8. "«الجذور الثقافية للحروب اللبنانية» للأب كميل مبارك والدكتور جان بولس". Mustaqbal. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2018-09-15.

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