Hizbu'llah : Politics and Religion

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Hizbu'llah is the largest and most prominent political party in Lebanon, and one of the most renowned Islamist movements in the world. In this book, Amal Saad-Ghorayeb examines the organisation's understanding of jihad and how this, together with its belief in martyrdom, brought about the withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Lebanon in May 2000. Saad-Ghorayeb explores the nature of the party's struggle against the West by studying its views on the use of violence against Westerners. Crucially, she also addresses the question of whether Hizbu'llah depicts this struggle in purely political or civilisational terms. The existential nature of the movement's conflict with Israel is analysed and the Islamic roots of its anti-Judaism is unearthed. The author explores the mechanics and rationale behind the party's integration into the Lebanese political system, and sheds light on how it has reconciled its national idenitity with its solidarity with the Muslim umma.show more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.61mm | 485.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745317936
  • 9780745317939

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'The most detailed and scholarly analysis to date of the ideology of the Lebanese Shi'a radical Hizb'ullah' -- CHOICE 'This is one of the very best works on the subject' -- Middle East International 'A fine exposition of the evolution, the religious and political philosophy of one of the most important movements in the contemporary Middle East' -- Tribuneshow more

About Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb is currently involved in a three part documentary on Hizballah to be broadcast by BBC radio, amongst others, as part of a series on Living Islam. Amal Saad-Ghorayeb is Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University. She is at present completing her PhD at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Birmingham. She is also currently involved in a 3 part documentary on Hizballah to be broadcast by the US NPR, the WYNC and BBC radio, amongst others, as part of a series on Living Islam funded by the Ford Foundation and the US National Endowment for the Humanities.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Political Accommodation And Violence In Non-Islamic States 2. The Islamic State And Democracy 3. The Concept Of The Guardianship Of The Jurisprudent 4. Islamic Universalism And National Identity 5. The Struggle With The West 6. The Resistance To The Israeli Occupation Of South Lebanon 7. Anti-Zionism And Israel 8. Anti-Judaism Conclusion Appendix 1: Miladi Equivalents To Hijri Years Appendix 2: List Of Hijri Months References Glossary Indexshow more

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