Hezbollah, Islamist Politics, and International Society

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-17
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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How do the norms of the liberal international order influence the activity of Islamist movements? This book assesses the extent to which Islamist groups, which have traditionally attempted to shield their communities from 'external' moral conceptions, have been influenced by the principles that regulate international society. Through an analysis of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Filippo Dionigi concludes that international norms are significant factors changing Islamist politics. We are still far from an accomplished resolve of the tension between Islamist communitarianism and liberal normative views, but a precarious equilibrium may emerge whereby Islamists are persuaded to rethink the idea of an allegedly 'authentic' Islamic morality as opposed to the legitimacy of international norms.

Author Biography

Filippo Dionigi is a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where he was awarded a PhD in International Relations. He is specialised in international relations, Islamist politics, and Middle Eastern affairs. He is interested in the study of International Relations Theory applied to the Middle East. He has published in the Journal of International Political Theory, the European Journal of International Relations, and International Peacekeeping, and he contributes regularly to magazines and contemporary affairs publications.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Studying the Impact of International Norms on Islamist Politics
2. The Western Critique of Liberalism: Communitarianism
3. Islamist Critiques of Liberalism: ?Abduh, Qu?b, al-?adr and Khomeini
4. Islamism as Communitarianism: A comparative Analysis
5. The Rise of Political Shi?ism in Lebanon
6. Non-Combatant Immunity and Israel-Hezbollah Wars: The Case of the April Understanding
7. Hezbollah and Human Rights Legislation in the Lebanese Parliament
8. Hezbollah and UNSC Resolutions 1559 and 1701
9. Community, Person and International Norms in Hezbollah's Political Language: Comparing the 1985 Open Letter and the 2009 Political Document
10. Conclusions: the Impact of International Norms on Islamist Politics

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