Hezbollah: A Short History

Hezbollah: A Short History

by Augustus Richard Norton
     
 

ISBN-10: 069114107X

ISBN-13: 9780691141077

Pub. Date: 01/19/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Most policymakers in the United States and Israel have it wrong: Hezbollah isn't a simple terrorist organization—nor is it likely to disappear any time soon. Following Israel's war against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, the Shi'i group—a hybrid of militia, political party, and social services and public works provider—remains very popular in the…  See more details below

Overview

Most policymakers in the United States and Israel have it wrong: Hezbollah isn't a simple terrorist organization—nor is it likely to disappear any time soon. Following Israel's war against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, the Shi'i group—a hybrid of militia, political party, and social services and public works provider—remains very popular in the Middle East. After Lebanon tottered close to disaster, Hezbollah and its allies gained renewed political power in Beirut. The most lucid, informed, and balanced analysis of the group yet written, Hezbollah is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East. A new afterword brings readers up to date on Hezbollah's most recent actions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141077
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/19/2009
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
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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