Hezbollah A Short History

ISBN-10: 0691131244

ISBN-13: 9780691131245

Edition: 2007

Authors: Augustus R. Norton

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Most policymakers in the United States and Israel have it wrong. Hezbollah isn't a simple terrorist organization--nor is it likely to disappear soon. Following Israel's war against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, the Shi'i group--which combines the functions of a militia, a social service and public works provider, and a political party--is more popular than ever in the Middle East while retaining its strong base of support in Lebanon. And Hezbollah didn't merely confront Israel and withstand its military onslaught. Hezbollah's postwar reconstruction efforts were judged better than the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina--not by Aljazeera, but by an American TV journalist. In Hezbollah, one of the world's leading experts on Hezbollah has written the essential guide to understanding the complexities and paradoxes of a group that remains entrenched at the heart of Middle East politics.With unmatched clarity and authority, Augustus Richard Norton tells how Hezbollah developed, how it has evolved, and what direction it might take in the future. Far from being a one-dimensional terrorist group, Norton explains, Hezbollah is a "janus-faced" organization in the middle of an incomplete metamorphosis from extremism to mundane politics, an evolution whose outcome is far from certain. Beginning as a terrorist cat's-paw of Iran, Hezbollah has since transformed itself into an impressive political party with an admiring Lebanese constituency, but it has also insisted on maintaining the potent militia that forced Israel to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000 after almost two decades of occupation.The most accessible, informed, and balanced analysis of the group yet written, Hezbollah is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

Augustus Richard Norton is professor of international relations and anthropology at Boston University and a fellow of the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. A former U.S. Army officer and West Point professor, he has conducted research in Lebanon for more than three decades.

Origins and Prehistory of Hezbollah
The Rise of Shi'i Politics from the Mid-twentieth Century to the Lebanese Civil War
The Role of Musa al-Sadr
The Resurgence of Amal
The Founding of Hezbollah
The Iraq Connection
The 1982 Israeli Invasion
Hezbollah Emerges
The Hezbollah Worldview
Implementing the Design
Being a Shi'a Muslim in the Twentieth Century
Ritual and Identity
The Intersection of Ritual and Politics
Resistance, Terrorism, and Violence in Lebanon
Hezbollah and Terrorism
Occupation in Southern Lebanon
The "Rules of the Game"
The 2000 Israeli Withdrawal
Playing Politics
Hezbollah's Decision to Participate
Municipal Elections
The Revolt of the Hungry
The Rich Texture of Shi'i Institutions
From Celebration to War
The Changing Social Tapestry in Post-Civil War Lebanon
Lebanon's Love-Hate Relationship with Rafiq Hariri, and His Assassins
Setting the Stage for War
The Start of Hostilities, July 2006
Prosecuting the War
Hezbollah in a Fractured Postwar Lebanon
What Next?
Additional Reading
Sources Cited
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