Hezbollah: A Short History

Hezbollah: A Short History

by Augustus Richard Norton
     
 

"Hezbollah is a timely and landmark work. Richard Norton draws on his extensive expertise to offer a comprehensive history that will be of interest to anyone who seeks a better understanding of Hezbollah, Lebanon, or current developments in the Middle East."—Lee Hamilton, Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Co-Chair of the Iraq Study Group

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"Hezbollah is a timely and landmark work. Richard Norton draws on his extensive expertise to offer a comprehensive history that will be of interest to anyone who seeks a better understanding of Hezbollah, Lebanon, or current developments in the Middle East."—Lee Hamilton, Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Co-Chair of the Iraq Study Group

"One of the most remarkable developments in the Middle East in recent years is Hezbollah's meteoric rise to power. No one can better explain the broad implications of this phenomenon than Richard Norton. Drawing on his vast knowledge of Lebanon, Norton has written a timely and readable primer that lucidly explains the intricacies of Hezbollah's ideology and history and demystifies its political strategy."—Vali Nasr, author of The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

"Norton is uniquely positioned to provide an analysis of Hezbollah, one that is historical, nuanced, and informed by more than twenty-five years of experience as a researcher and policy advisor on Lebanon. He is one of the foremost American experts on Hezbollah and Shi'i politics in Lebanon. In addition, Norton's writing is always clear and accessible. This concise and accurate primer will be invaluable to general readers, reporters, and scholars."—Lara Deeb, author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon

"I recommend this book with greatest enthusiasm. Norton is one of the premier—if not the premier—American authorities on Shi'i politics in Lebanon. Add to this the fact that he is a talented writer who can communicate complex ideas in a fluent, engaging, and accessible fashion. Telling quotes and anecdotes enliven the book and ground it. Norton is the rare academic whose expertise doesn't prevent him from communicating well with a general reader."—Eva Bellin, Hunter College, City University of New York

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141077
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/19/2009
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1: Origins and Prehistory of Hezbollah 9

The Rise of Shi'i Politics from the Mid-twentieth Century to the Lebanese Civil War 14

The Role of Musa al-Sadr 18

The Resurgence of Amal 21

Chapter 2: The Founding of Hezbollah 27

The Iraq Connection 30

The 1982 Israeli Invasion 32

Hezbollah Emerges 34

The Hezbollah Worldview 35

Implementing the Design 41

Chapter 3: Being a Shi'i Muslim in the Twenty-first Century 47

Ritual and Identity 51

The Intersection of Ritual and Politics 58

Chapter 4: Resistance, Terrorism, and Violence in Lebanon 69

Hezbollah and Terrorism 75

Occupation in Southern Lebanon 79

The "Rules of the Game" 83

The 2000 Israeli Withdrawal 88

Chapter 5: Playing Politics 95

Hezbollah's Decision to Participate 98

Municipal Elections 103

The Revolt of the Hungry 105

The Rich Texture of Shi'i Institutions 107

Chapter 6: From Celebration to War 113

The Changing Social Tapestry in Post-Civil War Lebanon 120

Lebanon's Love-Hate Relationship with Rafiq Hariri, and His Assassination 124

Setting the Stage for War 132

The Start of Hostilities, July 2006 135

Prosecuting the War 137

Conclusion 145

Hezbollah in a Fractured Postwar Lebanon 152

What Next? 157

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 161

Glossary 173

Additional Reading 175

Sources Cited 181

Index 185

Acknowledgments 197

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