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Lebanese Shia Muslims

Summary
Lebanese Shia Muslims (المسلمون الشيعة اللبنانيون), historically known as matāwila (متاولة, plural of متوال mutawālin ([Lebanese pronounced as متوالي metouali or matawali ]) refers to Lebanese people who are adherents of the Shia branch of Islam in Lebanon, which plays a major role along Lebanon's main Sunni, Maronite and Druze sects. According to the CIA World Factbook, Shia Muslims constituted an estimated 31% of Lebanon's population in 2022. Most of its adherents live in the northern and western area of the Beqaa Valley, Southern Lebanon and Beirut. The great majority of Shia Muslims in Lebanon are Twelvers. However, a small minority of them are Alawites and Ismaili. Under the terms of an unwritten agreement known as the National Pact between the various political and religious leaders of Lebanon, Shias are the only sect eligible for the post of Speaker of Parliament. History Origins The cultural and linguistic heritage of the Lebanese people is a blend of both
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