Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9780745399928 Published May 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Faith and Resistance

The Politics of Love and War in Lebanon

Sarah Marusek

Faith and Resistance

Sarah Marusek

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9780745399928 Published May 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399935 Published May 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Exploring the rise of Shi’i activism in Lebanon and the broader Middle East, in Faith and Resistance Sarah Marusek offers a timely analysis of the social and political evolution of Islamic movements. These movements, she shows, have long existed in opposition to a number of different forces. And while that opposition has often been full of contradictions, the growing popularity of such movements has nonetheless led to increasing economic and political powers. Marusek shows here how resistance groups reconcile the acquisition of power with their larger anti-colonial aspirations.
Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
 
1. Introduction
The rise of revolutionary religious activism
Re-Orienting ‘the Orient’
The transformation of faith and rationality
Charity past and present
Islamic history and myth
Decolonial horizons
 
2. The Rise of Religious Activism in Lebanon and Beyond
The Islamic Renaissance
Ali Shari‘ati and Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran
Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr in Iraq
Imam Musa al-Sadr and Ayatollah Fadlallah in Lebanon
Liberation theology in Latin America
Theologies of Liberation in South Africa
 
3. Deconstructing Terrorism and Resistance
Understanding terrorism
Lebanon’s history of conflict and occupation
Sectarianism, Lebanese Shi‘is and resistance
The loving stranger as a decolonial method
Research obstacles in the field
Misrepresenting Hizbullah
 
4. Lebanon’s Resistance Charities
The rise of the resistance in Lebanon
The resistance as a social project
The charities affiliated with Hizbullah
The charities affiliated with al-Mabarrat
Faith and religious rationality in the resistance charities
 
5. The Imam al-Sadr Foundation
The legacy of Imam Musa al-Sadr
About the Imam al-Sadr Foundation
Description of the programmes offered
Distancing from the resistance charities
Religious rationality at the foundation
 
6. The Problem of Resistance and Power
‘An open sectarian wound’
Conceptualising resistance and intersectionality
The limits of a sectarianism resistance
The struggle for Syria
The limits of a liberal resistance
The dangers of capitalism and neoliberalism
 
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
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