History

Hezbollah

A Short History - Updated Edition

Author: Augustus Richard Norton

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851440

Category: History

Page: 248

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With Hezbollah's entry into the Lebanese government in 2009 and recent forceful intervention in the Syrian civil war, the potent Shi‘i political and military organization continues to play an enormous role in the Middle East. Policymakers in the United States and Israel usually denounce it as a dangerous terrorist group and refuse to engage with it, yet even its adversaries need to contend with its durability and resilient popular support. Although Hezbollah’s popularity has declined in many quarters of the Arab world, the Shi‘i group—a hybrid of militia, political party, and social services and public works provider—remains the most powerful player in Lebanon. Augustus Richard Norton’s Hezbollah stands as the most lucid, informed, and balanced analysis of the group yet written. This edition, with a new prologue and expanded afterword, analyzes recent momentous events—including Hezbollah’s political performance in Lebanon, inconsistent responses to the Arab Spring, and recent military support of the al-Asad regime in Syria. Hezbollah is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East.
Political Science

Hizbullah

The Story from Within

Author: Naim Qassem

Publisher: Saqi

ISBN: 0863568637

Category: Political Science

Page: 463

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Hizbullah ('Party of God') is one of the Middle East's major political forces. Sheikh Naim Qassem, its Deputy Secretary-General, provides and insider's view of this Shi'ite resistance group turned political party, from its inception to the present day. Formed in 1982 in response to Israel's invasion of Lebanon, Hizbullah was instrumental in forcing Israel to withdraw its troops in 2000. During the 1990s, after many years functioning as both a guerrilla movement and a social-support provider to Lebanese victims of war, Hizbullah moved into mainstream parliamentary politi. The group's mandate is laid out here, allowing access to the mindset of this important party at a crucial stage of its development. 'A comprehensive guide to the mandate of one of the Middle East's major political forces.' Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs 'A fascinating account of the creation and rise of Hizbullah.' London Review of Books
History

In The Path Of Hizbullah

Author: Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815630531

Category: History

Page: 196

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Of the many Islamist groups that have emerged within the Muslim world over the last two decades, perhaps none has had so great an impact on Middle Eastern and International affairs as Hizbullah, the Party of God. This group of mainly Lebanese Shi'ite Muslims gained both infamy and fame by its resort to militancy mixed with political pragmatism in the pursuit of its goals. The oscillation between these two extremes has left most scholars and policymakers perplexed. for other Islamist groups and their challenges to contemporary politics. A. Nizar Hamzeh examines the Hizbullah of Lebanon through a structural analysis using original and archival sources. Based on a constructed theoretical framework from a number of theories on crisis conditions, leadership, political parties and guerrilla warfare, In the Path of Hizbullah stands alone in its qualitative and quantitative treatment of one of the most complex contemporary Islamist organizations and provides a view of the party's future.
Political Science

The Sunni Tragedy in the Middle East

Northern Lebanon from al-Qaeda to ISIS

Author: Bernard Rougier

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400873576

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Northern Lebanon is a land in turmoil. Long under the sway of the Assad regime in Syria, it is now a magnet for Sunni Muslim jihadists inspired by anti-Western and anti-Shi‘a worldviews. The Sunni Tragedy in the Middle East describes in harrowing detail the struggle led by an active minority of jihadist militants, some claiming allegiance to ISIS, to seize control of Islam and impose its rule over the region's Sunni Arab population. Bernard Rougier introduces us to men with links to the mujahidin in Afghanistan, the Sunni resistance in Iraq, al-Qaeda, and ISIS. He describes how they aspire to replace North Lebanon’s Sunni elites, who have been attacked and discredited by neighboring powers and jihadists alike, and explains how they have successfully positioned themselves as the local Sunni population’s most credible defender against powerful external enemies—such as Iran and the Shi‘a militia group Hezbollah. He sheds new light on the methods and actions of the jihadists, their internal debates, and their evolving political agenda over the past decade. This riveting book is based on more than a decade of research, more than one hundred in-depth interviews with players at all levels, and Rougier’s extraordinary access to original source material. Written by one of the world’s leading experts on jihadism, The Sunni Tragedy in the Middle East provides timely insight into the social, political, and religious life of this dangerous and strategically critical region of the Middle East.
History

Hizbul̉lah

politics and religion

Author: Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

Publisher: Pluto Pr

ISBN: 9780745317922

Category: History

Page: 254

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'Her dissection of Hizbullah's worldview is instructive. She treads carefully.' --The Jerusalem Post
Political Science

Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government

From Islamic Resistance to Government

Author: James Worrall,Simon Mabon,Gordon Clubb

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440831351

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 8046

This detailed analysis follows the rise and evolution of Hezbollah from an Islamic resistance movement to its role as a governing force in Lebanon, exploring the group's impact on the security and power dynamics in the Middle East. • Features maps, organizational charts, and a timeline of events • Traces Hezbollah's journey from a resistance organization to its current position of power within Lebanese politics • Presents summaries of major attacks and biographies of prominent members • Discusses Iranian-inspired Shi'a activism and financing activities • Includes an overview of the leaders, support, recruiting strategies, and attacks
Political Science

Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Political Islam

Hizbullah's Institutional Identity

Author: Mohanad Hage Ali

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319604260

Category: Political Science

Page: 249

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This book sheds light on how Hizbullah has transformed religious rituals and supernatural narratives in order to mobilize the Shi’a community. The author examines how Hizbullah has altered its institutional structure and reconstructed Lebanese Shi’a history in a manner similar to that of nationalist movements. Through fieldwork and research, the project finds that Hizbullah has centralized around the concept of Wilayat al-Fagih (Gaurdianship of the Islamic Jurists): in essence, the absolute authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader over the Shi’a “nation.”
Political Science

Hizbullah's Identity Construction

Author: Joseph Elie Alagha

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089642978

Category: Political Science

Page: 308

View: 8816

"The important study [title] offers a revolutionary new perspective on the political phenomenon of Hizbullah whose evolution has frequently confounded scholars and politicians. Drawing on his unparalleled access to primary sources, Alagha has produced a unique work which traces all the shifts in Hizbullah's construction and reconstruction of its identity."--Publisher's site.
Political Science

Man in the Shadows

Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad

Author: Efraim Halevy

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312337728

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 583

A former director of Israel's Mossad offers insight into the turbulent Middle East from the author's perspective as a secret envoy to multiple prime ministers, revealing the Mossad's intelligence resources about the September 11 attacks while sharing frank recommendations on how to achieve world peace. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Political Science

Hezbollah, Islamist Politics, and International Society

Author: Filippo Dionigi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137403020

Category: Political Science

Page: 279

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How do the norms of the liberal international order affect the activity of Islamist movements? This book analyzes and assesses the extent to which Islamist groups, which have traditionally attempted to shield their communities from “alien” moral conceptions, have been affected by the rules and principles that regulate international society. Through an analysis of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Filippo Dionigi concludes that international norms are among the most significant factors changing Islamist politics. The result is a precarious but innovative equilibrium in which Islamists are forced to rethink idea of an allegedly “authentic” Islamic morality and the legitimacy of international norms.
Political Science

Hezbollah

The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God

Author: Matthew Levitt

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1626162026

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

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Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God is the first thorough examination of Hezbollah’s covert activities beyond Lebanon’s borders, including its financial and logistical support networks and its criminal and terrorist operations worldwide. Hezbollah—Lebanon’s "Party of God"—is a multifaceted organization: It is a powerful political party in Lebanon, a Shia Islam religious and social movement, Lebanon’s largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including recently declassified government documents, court records, and personal interviews with intelligence and law enforcement officials around the world, Matthew Levitt examines Hezbollah’s beginnings, its first violent forays in Lebanon, and then its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises abroad in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and finally in North America. Levitt also describes Hezbollah’s unit dedicated to supporting Palestinian militant groups and Hezbollah’s involvement in training and supporting insurgents who fought US troops in post-Saddam Iraq. The book concludes with a look at Hezbollah’s integral, ongoing role in Iran’s shadow war with Israel and the West, including plots targeting civilians around the world. Levitt shows convincingly that Hezbollah’s willingness to use violence at home and abroad, its global reach, and its proxy-patron relationship with the Iranian regime should be of serious concern. Hezbollah is an important book for scholars, policymakers, students, and the general public interested in international security, terrorism, international criminal organizations, and Middle East studies.
History

Hezbollah

Born with a Vengeance

Author: Hala Jaber

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231108348

Category: History

Page: 240

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Discusses the Shi'ite Muslim organization and explores the motives and operations behind some of its terrorist attacks
Lebanon

A House of Many Mansions

The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

Author: Kamal S. Salibi

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860649127

Category: Lebanon

Page: 247

View: 1440

Today Lebanon is one of the world's most divided countries - if it remains a country at all. But paradoxically the faction-ridden Lebanese, both Christians and Muslims, have never shown a keener consciousness of common identity. How can this be?
Social Science

Muslim Politics

Author: Dale F. Eickelman,James Piscatori

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691187789

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Political Science

Boko Haram

The History of an African Jihadist Movement

Author: Alexander Thurston

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400888484

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 3966

A comprehensive history of one of the world's deadliest jihadist groups Boko Haram is one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. It has killed more than twenty thousand people and displaced more than two million in a campaign of terror that began in Nigeria but has since spread to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well. This is the first book to tell the full story of this West African affiliate of the Islamic State, from its beginnings in the early 2000s to its most infamous violence, including the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls. Drawing on sources in Arabic and Hausa, rare documents, propaganda videos, press reports, and interviews with experts in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger, Alexander Thurston sheds new light on Boko Haram’s development. He shows that the group, far from being a simple or static terrorist organization, has evolved in its worldview and ideology in reaction to events. Chief among these has been Boko Haram’s escalating war with the Nigerian state and civilian vigilantes. The book closely examines both the behavior and beliefs that are the keys to understanding Boko Haram. Putting the group’s violence in the context of the complex religious and political environment of Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, the book examines how Boko Haram relates to states, politicians, Salafis, Sufis, Muslim civilians, and Christians. It also probes Boko Haram’s international connections, including its loose former ties to al-Qaida and its 2015 pledge of allegiance to ISIS. An in-depth account of a group that is menacing Africa’s most populous and richest country, the book also illuminates the dynamics of civil war in Africa and jihadist movements in other parts of the world.
History

Voice of Hezbollah

The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah

Author: Ḥasan Naṣr Allāh

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 420

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A comprehensive English translation of the speeches by and interviews with the secretary general of Lebanon's "Party of God" offers insight into his credibility with both his supporters and detractors as well as his role in ejecting Israelis from Arab lands. Original.
History

Beware of Small States

Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East

Author: David Hirst

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 0786744413

Category: History

Page: 496

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Lebanon, a country no bigger than Connecticut, has become a battleground for the political, strategic and ideological conflicts of its neighbors and the great powers. It has come to reflect the broad historical experiences of the modern Middle East. Beware of Small States is an elegant and incisive history of Lebanon culminating with the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah and its aftermath. David Hirst—a former Middle East correspondent for The Guardian, whose tough, skeptical voice has earned him death threats and seen him banned from six Arab countries—crafts a narrative that is essential for anyone wishing to understand the current political climate of the Middle East.
Political Science

Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God

From Revolution to Institutionalization

Author: E. Azani

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230116299

Category: Political Science

Page: 293

View: 3780

The book examines the Hezbollah movement from a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, historical, and systematic perspective to explain how it has evolved since its inception in the early 1980s to the present.
Political Science

Israeli National Security

A New Strategy for an Era of Change

Author: Charles D. Freilich

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190602953

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 3140

National security has been at the forefront of the Israeli experience for seven decades, with threats ranging from terrorism, to vast rocket and missile arsenals, and even existential nuclear dangers. Yet, despite its overwhelming preoccupation with foreign and defense affairs, Israel does not have a formal national security strategy. In Israeli National Security, Chuck Freilich presents an authoritative analysis of the military, diplomatic, demographic, and societal challenges Israel faces today, to propose a comprehensive and long-term Israeli national security strategy. The heart of the new strategy places greater emphasis on restraint, defense, and diplomacy as means of addressing the challenges Israel faces, along with the military capacity to deter and, if necessary, defeat Israel's adversaries, while also maintaining the resolve of its society. By bringing Israel's most critical debates about the Palestinians, demography, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, US relations and nuclear strategy into sharp focus, the strategy Freilich proposes addresses the primary challenges Israel must address in order to chart its national course. The most comprehensive study of Israel's national security to date, this book presents the first public proposal for a comprehensive Israeli national security strategy and prescribes an actionable course forward.
Fiction

Man of Fantasy

Author: Rochelle Alers

Publisher: Kimani Press

ISBN: 1426837607

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1148

Close friends since childhood, Kyle, Duncan and Ivan have become rich, successful co-owners of a beautiful Harlem brownstone. The one thing each of them lacks is a special woman to share his life with—until true love steps in to transform three sexy single guys into grooms-to-be…. Handsome psychotherapist Ivan Campbell could diagnose his own issues in a heartbeat—fear of commitment. Every woman he meets is convinced he's the complete package, yet no one has been able to get past the wall he built around himself long ago. But Nayo Goddard isn't looking for marriage. The petite, stylish photographer plays by her own rules and makes it crystal clear she has no interest in settling down. A fun, passionate, no-strings relationship with Nayo should be the perfect solution for Ivan—except suddenly he wants more, much more. And this time, the love 'em and leave 'em bachelor may be the one who's left heartbroken….