Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God"

By Dominique Avon, Anas-Trissa Khatchadourian

Jane Marie Todd (tr.)

For thirty years, Hezbollah has performed a pivotal function in Lebanese and international politics. That visibility has invited Hezbollah’s lionization and vilification through outdoors observers, and whilst has avoided a clear-eyed view of Hezbollah’s position within the background of the center East and its destiny plan of action. Dominique Avon and Anaïs-Trissa Khatchadourian offer the following a nonpartisan account which deals insights into Hezbollah that Western media have neglected or misunderstood.

Now a part of the Lebanese executive, Hezbollah however is still in rigidity with either the transnational Shiite group and a religiously different Lebanon. Calling for an Islamic regime might threat wasting severe allies at domestic, yet whilst Hezbollah’s leaders can't say liberal regime is the answer for the longer term. for this reason, they use the ambiguous expression “civil yet believer state.”

What occurs while a firm based as a voice of “revolution” after which “resistance” occupies a place of energy, but witnesses the cave in of its shut best friend, Syria? How will Hezbollah’s voice evolve because the occasion struggles to reconcile its local tasks with its spiritual ideals? The authors’ analyses of those key questions—buttressed via their transparent English translations of foundational records, together with Hezbollah’s open letter of 1985 and its 2009 constitution, and an in-depth word list of key theological and political phrases utilized by the party’s leaders—make Hezbollah a useful source for all readers drawn to the way forward for this unstable force.

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Though the booklet was once written sooner than the outbreak of violence in Syria--and therefore sooner than Hezbollah's loss of life because the hero of the Arabs--it offers vital perception into the anomaly of Hezbollah's ideology and the crux of the party's present predicament...[The] ebook lays the floor for figuring out Hezbollah's fall from Arab grace and present occasions within the Levant. (Samuel Helfont New Republic on-line 2013-01-22)

It serves good as a instruction manual to the Hezbollah movement...The inclusion of interesting ancient records and necessary reference info make the ebook invaluable for college kids trying to comprehend the circulate. (P. Rowe selection 2013-05-01)

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