Hezbollah: A Short History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)
Most policymakers in the United States and Israel have it wrong: Hezbollah isn't a simple terrorist organization--nor is it likely to disappear any time soon. Following Israel's war against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, the Shi'i group--a hybrid of militia, political party, and social services and public works provider--remains very popular in the Middle East. After Leb...more
Published in 2007, many additional turning points have occurred that might make this book seem outdated; nonetheless, the most recent edition ...more
At the same ...more
According to Norton, the figure that initially catalyzed Lebanon’s downtrodden Shi’a was Imam Musa al-Sadr, the Iranian born cleric of Lebanese ancestry who came to Lebanon in the late 1950s. He urged his followers not to accept as fate their poverty and disenfranchisement.
Hezbollah was launched in 1982—after Israel had invaded to thwart armed Palestinian groups from infiltrat ...more
But several interesting take-away's: First, that the al-Sadr clan have had an outsized impact on Lebanon. Many of us know al-Sadr from the Iraqi firebrand clerical leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, Iraq - essentially the murderous lea ...more
This book is very friendly to those who are not familiar with the Middle East because it acknowledges the long and complicated story of this p ...more
Overall, this book was readable but I would have liked to have a more in-depth analysis of Hezbollah's exact political viewpoints and things of that nature. ...more
I didn't get much of an understanding of the personalities involved. And a lot of the details were pretty vague.
I recommend it for anybody who wants to learn more about Hezbollah, but I only recommend it because I don't know of any better sources. It left me wishing for an even better understanding. That being said, it would be incredibly difficult to write ...more
From the author: "Drawing on extensive fieldwork and more that three decades of work on the Shi'i community of Lebanon, this volume offers an authoritative introduction to the history, culture, politics, strategy and dilemmas of Hezbollah, the Iran-supported party and military force which plays a dominant role in Lebanon while also confronting Israel and striving to thwart U.S. and western influence in large swaths of the Middle East. This edition, published ...more
It's well written, and very undrstandable once you get to know the main political terms, but it seems to me that it's more of a book on general Lebanese politics than Hezbollah itself.
Nonetheless pretty useful although l got acquainted with those political relations already while reading Fisk's Pity the Nation, but maybe it's just that l prefer boo ...more