"The Christians' Castle"
Location in Lebanon
|o Total||130 sq mi (336 km2)|
|o Density||950/sq mi (368/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Keserwan District (Arabic: ? , transliteration: Qadaa Keserwan) is a district (qadaa) in the Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon, to the northeast of Lebanon's capital Beirut. The capital, Jounieh, is overwhelmingly Maronite Christian. The area is home to the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve.
The name of Keserwan is most probably that of a Persian clan named the Kesra, who were early Persian settlers of the region. Kesra (Arabicized version of Khosro) has always been a common Persian name. Keserwan is its plural form.
Other sources suggest the name was named in honor of the leader of the Mardaite, Prince "Kosra", who won decisive battles against the Umayyad Caliphate invasion of Mount Lebanon in the early 8th century.
According to voter registration data, the population is overwhelmingly Christian - in fact, the highest percentage-wise in the nation - with a staggering 97.95% of voters being Christian.
Of those, Maronites dominate the population, with Maronites alone composing 92.16% of all voters in the district. The remaining Christians are Greek Melkite Catholics (2.14%), "minority Christians" (1.26%), Orthodox Christians (0.89%), Armenian Orthodox Christians (0.72%), Armenian Catholics (0.66%), and finally Evangelicals (0.11%). The Muslim population (2.05%) are divided between Shi'as (1.80%), Sunnis (0.25%), Alawis (0.01%) and Druze (0.01%).
The number of registered voters by sect is as follows (with a total of 94200):
The district is part of the Keserwan-Jbeil electoral district, with the district of Keserwan being allocated 5 Maronite seats (and the overall constituency having 7 Maronites and 1 Shi'ia).