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Many of the Lebanese Argentines are descendants of immigrants, largely of Arab cultural and linguistic heritage and/or identity, originating from what is now Lebanon.

Although a highly diverse group of Argentines — in ancestral origins, religion and historic identities — Lebanese Argentines hold a heritage that shares common linguistic, cultural, and political traditions.

The majority of the 1,500,000 million Lebanese Argentines are Christians, with Muslims and Jews being a small minority in comparison to them. The interethnic marriage in the Lebanese community, regardless of religious affiliation, is very high; most community members have only one parent who has Arab ethnicity. As a result of this, the Lebanese community in Argentina shows marked language shift away from Arabic. Only a few speak any Arabic, and such knowledge is often limited to a few basic words. Instead the majority, especially those of younger generations, speak Spanish as a first language.


In the 19th century, the first Lebanese settled in Argentina. From 1891 to 1920, 367,348 people of Arabic heritage immigrated into Argentina. When they were first processed in the ports of Argentina, they were classified as Turks because what is modern day Lebanon was a territory of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The causes for Lebanese to leave their homeland were an accelerated increase in demographics in Lebanon, the persecution by the Ottoman Turks, and the Italo-Turkish War. The Lebanese immigrants settle in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Salta, Tucumán, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza, Santiago del Estero, Misiones, Chaco, and the Patagonia. A large percentage of Lebanese settled in the Cuyo region (which is made up of the provinces of San Juan, San Luis, Mendoza, and La Rioja)

Some prominent ancestral places of origin of Lebanese Argentinians include: Aley, Amioun, Amsheet, Baalbek, Batroun, Beirut, Iaal, Jounieh, Mish Mish, Toula, Tripoli, Zahlé, Zgharta.

This is a list of notable Arab Argentine individuals of Lebanese descent born in Argentina or people of Lebanese and dual nationality who live or resided in Argentina.


Carlos Balá – actor

Yamila Diaz-Rahi – fashion model


Daniel Hadad – journalist


Mohamed Alí Seineldín – army general


Alberto Hassan – singer


Alfredo Avelín – politician

Juan Luis Manzur – surgeon, politician and Minister of Health and Environment to the President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Elías Sapag – former federal senator of Neuquén Province

Felipe Sapag – former governor of Neuquén Province

Jorge Sapag – Governor of Neuquén Province (2007-present)

Luz Sapag – former federal senator of Neuquén Province and former mayor of San Martín de los Andes


Julio Asad – soccer player

Omar Asad – soccer team manager

Elias Bazzi – soccer player

Omar Hasan – retired rugby player

Claudio Husaín – soccer player

Darío Husaín – soccer player

Antonio Mohamed – retired soccer player

Daniel Mustafa – soccer player

Florencia Habif – field hockey player

Sebastian Jabif – volleyball player

Education and Science.

Hugo Omar Seleme – political philosopher

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