The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Hizbullah in Lebanon had or have as part of their raison d'être the idea of pan-Islamist activism. But in addition to this, both are in reality serious players in the political system of the state in which they operate. Whilst their ideological discourses are often used to present the differences between Sunni and Shi'i movements, the tactics of both in their attempts to secure power reveal similarities between the two. Eva Dingel focuses on their behaviour as players within the political process and beyond, considering the question of why, at certain points, both movements choose to 'play by the rules', while during other periods, they apply different methods of political protest. By looking at the history of these two groups, Dingel examines the numerous influences on political movements, ranging from ideological change via generational conflict to transnational influences, and how state capacity is a key factor in influencing the strategy choices of these groups.
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About the Author
Eva Dingel holds a PhD in Politics from the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). She has held a research associate position at the Orient Institut in Beirut and is currently working with a non-governmental organization focused on Middle East politics and media.
Table of Contents
List of figures viii
1 Islamist Movements as Social Movements and Political Actors: A Framework for Analysis 10
2 The Muslim Brotherhood's Strategies: Moderation Forced by Repression 54
3 Hizbullah: Expanded Action Repertoire in a Fragile Regional and National Context 139
4 A Comparative Perspective on Political Strategies of Hizbullah and the Egyptian Muslim Brothers 220