Politics and Religion

Book - 2002
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Hizbuâ__llah is the largest and most prominent political party in Lebanon, and one of the most renowned Islamist movements in the world. In this book, Amal Saad-Ghorayeb examines the organisationâ__s understanding of jihad and how this, together with its belief in martyrdom, brought about the withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Lebanon in May 2000.Saad-Ghorayeb explores the nature of the partyâ__s struggle against the West by studying its views on the use of violence against Westerners. Crucially, she also addresses the question of whether Hizbuâ__llah depicts this struggle in purely political or civilisational terms. The existential nature of the movementâ__s conflict with Israel is analysed and the Islamic roots of its anti-Judaism is unearthed.The author explores the mechanics and rationale behind the partyâ__s integration into the Lebanese political system, and sheds light on how it has reconciled its national idenitity with its solidarity with the Muslim umma.
Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780745317922
Characteristics: x, 254 p. ; 23 cm


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