The Shifts in Hizbullah's Ideology

Religious Ideology, Political Ideology, and Political Program

Joseph Alagha

The Shifts in Hizbullah's Ideology
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Joseph Alagha

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

380 pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | © 2002
Paper $60.50 ISBN: 9789053569108 Published February 2006 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

As the recent war in Lebanon demonstrated, an understanding of the Lebanese Shi‘ite militant group Hizbullah remains an important component of any attempt to solve the problems of the Middle East. The Shifts in Hizbullah’s Ideology provides an in-depth analysis of the group’s motivations, tracking the changes it has undergone since Hizbullah’s founding by Lebanese Shi‘ite clergy in 1978. Joseph Alagha demonstrates that Hizbullah, driven at its founding chiefly by religious concerns, in the latter half of the 1980s became a full-fledged social movement, with a structure and ideology aimed at social change. Further changes in the 1990s led to Hizbullah’s becoming a mainstream political party—but without surrendering its militarism or willingness to use violence to advance its ends.
            In tracking these changes, The Shifts in Hizbullah’s Ideology covers such disparate topics as Hizbullah’s views of jihad, suicide and martyrdom, integration, pan-Islamism, anti-Zionism, and the relationship with Israel and the United States. It will be necessary reading for both scholars and policymakers.
Contents
          A Note on Transliteration
          Acknowledgements
          Prologue
          Preface
 
1.       A Survey on Hizbullah's History
          (1978-2005)
 
2.       The Saliency of Hizbullah's Religious Ideology
          (1978-1984/5)
 
3.       The Prominence of Hizbullah's Political Ideology
          (1984/5-1990)
 
4.       Primacy to Political Program
          (1991 to 2005)
 
5.       A Specific Perspective on the General Shifts
 
6.       Epilogue: Conclusion and Implications
 
7.       Appendices
          A  Map of Lebanon
          B  Hizbullah's Statements
          C  Parliamentary Elections Programs
          D  2004 Municipal Elections Programs
          E  Chronology of Events (1975-2005)
          F  Glossary
          G  Selected Bibliography
         
 
          Notes
          English Summary
          Dutch Summary (Nederlandse samenvatting)
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