Faith and Resistance

Faith and Resistance : The Politics of Love and War in Lebanon

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What kind of decolonial possibilities exist in today's world? Exploring the rise of Shi'i activism in Lebanon and the Middle East, and drawing transnational parallels with other revolutionary religious struggles in Latin America and South Africa, Sarah Marusek offers a timely analysis of the social and political evolution of Islamic movements.

From colonial authorities, to authoritarian governments, and occupation forces, Islamic movements have long existed in opposition to a number of different forces. Whilst this opposition has often been contradictory, the growing popularity of Islamic movements means that many groups are now also gaining increasing economic and political powers. Based on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Lebanon, following the Islamic Resistance movement and Hizbullah, Marusek paints a picture of how resistance is lived and reproduced, and where resistance and power clash.

Faith and Resistance discusses the possibility for resistance groups to reconcile acquiring power with their decolonial aspirations. In doing so, it will act as a guide for liberation struggles and those engaged in resistance the world over.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19mm | 296g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399924
  • 9780745399928
  • 1,013,056

Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. The Rise of Religious Activism in Lebanon and Beyond

3. Deconstructing Terrorism and Resistance

4. Lebanon's Resistance Charities

5. The Imam Al-Sadr Foundation

6. The Problem of Resistance and Power


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About Sarah Marusek

Dr. Sarah Marusek is a Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg and a freelance researcher for Spinwatch. She is the co-author of The Israel Lobby and the European Union. She is also a writer for Middle East Monitor and has appeared as a regional commentator on the television channels Press TV and Russia Today.
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