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A Casuistic explanation to Hizbullah’s realpolitik: Interpreting the re-interpreted

Mariam Farida
Published Online: 2015-10-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2015-0016


The recent development unfolding in the Arab region forces the observer into the question of security and stability. The Middle East region has been coined with violence and transformations with the growing inability to bring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an end. The history of Lebanon is not separate from the surrounding danger. For that end, Hizbullah has pushed Lebanon into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. This article investigates the role Hizbullah plays amidst regional conflicts, and its ability to stand out as a religio-political party able to face the Israeli aggression and withstand its religious identity. Interestingly, this has been a key to the Party’s success, where the Party’s religious identity and politics go hand in hand. As such, this paper offers the reader an analysis of how Hizbullah uses religion to its favour, and how religion (specifically Shi’ism) offers a ground for political pragmatism to be justified.

Keywords: Hizbullah; Casuistry; Shi’ites of Lebanon; Shi’ism; Lebanon; Welayet El-Faqih; Middle East


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Received: 2014-10-01

Accepted: 2015-01-28

Published Online: 2015-10-30

Published in Print: 2015-10-01

Citation Information: International Review of Social Research, Volume 5, Issue 3, Pages 167–178, ISSN (Online) 2069-8534, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2015-0016.

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