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The Shi‘ites of Lebanon
Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists

Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab

Cloth $49.95s    |    978-0-8156-3372-3    |    2014

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3509-3    |    2017

ebook 978-0-8156-5301-1

"The Shi’ites of Lebanon represents a highly significant, and long overdue, analysis of the relationship between communism and the Shi’a."—Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies

"A panoramic look at Lebanese Shi‘ite social and intellectual history over the past century, with particular emphasis on religious modernists, communists, and Islamists. This study is a solid contribution to an ever-expanding field of Lebanese Shi‘ite studies."—American Historical Review

"An excellent political history. . . . Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, the authors reveal how a small rural population located mostly in southern Lebanon gradually achieved influence and power and underwent urbanization. After a significant split, one group, calling itself Hezbollah, became a dominating political and military force. The authors beautifully explore the subtleties of religious and political doctrine and their adoption by sometimes-charismatic leadership. It is must reading for understanding contemporary affairs in today’s Levant."—Choice

"This book is an important retelling of the modern history of Lebanon’s Shi‘ites. It presents new research with thoughtful interpretation, informed by numerous comparative and theoretical references."—Elizabeth F. Thompson, professor of history, University of Virginia

"An original work and its strength is the combination of expertise both authors offer: a profound knowledge of Shiite legal tradition, history of theology, history of modern Shiism in Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon, and a serious engagement with theories of secularism and piety, as well as theoretical discussions on civil society and public space."—Roschanack Shaery, research fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

  The Shiites of Lebanon

  Rula Jurdi Abisaab is associate professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. She is the author of Converting Persia: Religion and Power in Safavid Iran. Malek Abisaab is associate professor of history at McGill University. He is the author of Militant Women of a Fragile Nation.

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