Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745336893 Published November 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745336930 Published December 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Hezbollah

The Political Economy of Lebanon's Party of God

Joseph Daher

Hezbollah

Joseph Daher

Distributed for Pluto Press

320 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745336893 Published November 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745336930 Published December 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Few political parties have been as misunderstood—or as roundly condemned—as Lebanon’s Hezbollah. With this book, Joseph Daher presents a new way of looking at Hezbollah: through the lens of political economy.
            By discarding more common approaches to the party that focus on religious discourse or military questions, Daher is freed up to analyze what the party actually is: an organization that is operating within a specific political and socio-economic context, one that simultaneously offers it a rich ground of support and limits its range of action. Daher clearly and carefully positions Hezbollah within that context, focusing on its historic ties with its main sponsor, Iran, its media and cultural wings, its relationship with Western economic policies, and the impact of the Shi’a population on the sectarian politics of Lebanon. Offering additional attention to the party’s positions on worker’s rights and women’s issues, this fresh take on Hezbollah will be incredibly useful for understanding the world’s most tumultuous region.
 
Contents

Introduction
1: Sectarianism And The Lebanese Political Economy: Hezbollah’s Origins
2: Hezbollah And The Political Economy Of Lebanese Neoliberalism
3: Lebanese Class Structure Under Neoliberalism
4: Hezbollah And Shi’a Civil Society
5: Hezbollah And The Lebanese Labour Movement
6: Hezbollah’s Military Apparatus 
7: Hezbollah And Revolutionary Processes In The Middle East And North Africa 
Conclusion
Annex: Shi’a Fraction Of The Bourgeoisie 
Notes
Bibliography 
Index
Review Quotes
Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London
''Most appraisals of Hezbollah from a left-wing perspective have focused, often solely, on its role in the fight against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, thus serving the party’s own mythology. This merit of this iconoclastic book is that it endeavors to analyse Hezbollah from a historical materialist perspective.''
 
Adam Hanieh, SOAS, University of London
''Daher has written an insightful and timely analysis of Hezbollah, situating the party within a fascinating account of the wider Lebanese political economy. An important contribution that sheds much light on contemporary politics in the Middle East.''
 
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