New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2004. Looks at the organisation's attempted transition into conventional politics.
To the US, Hizballah represents one of the most dangerous terrorist networks operating today. In Lebanon, it is a democratically-elected party within the Lebanese parliament, backed not just by Shi'ites, but by Christians and secular Muslims. To the wider Arab world, Hizballah is a legend: the only Arab fighting force to have defeated Israel, forcing its withdrawl from south Lebanon in May 2000. Syria and Iran, both under threat from the US presence in Iraq, continue to back it. As a terrorist organization that is responsible for the deaths of numerous American soldiers, it is second only to al-Qaeda as a priority target for the US in its "War on Terror". Hizballah represents one of the most important pieces in the jigsaw puzzle that is Middle East politics today. Judith Harik's work, the fruit of 20 years of research into Lebanon's politics, should be of value to anyone concerned with the future of the region and the future of today's world.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Maps. Introduction. Chapter One Hezbollah's Version of Political Islam, Islam in Perspective, The Islamic Resurgence of the 1970s, The Crisis of Secularism and Fundamentalist Reactions, Government Corruption and the Purification of Society, Colonialism and its Discontents; Chapter Two Hezbollah and the Outside World, Anti-Imperialism and Common Cause, Syria's Problems with the West, Imperialism and the Iranian Experience, Lebanon: An Arena for Foreign Battles, Iran Enters the Battle for West Beirut, Damascus and Tehran Strike a Deal, Hezbollah: The Only Choice; Chapter Three The Mechanics of Hezbollah 's Transformation from Radical Militia to Mainstream Party, Syria Gains the Upper Hand in Lebanon, Guaranteeing Jihad, The State/Resistance Deal, Public Reaction to Hezbollah's New Face; Chapter Four Managing the 'True Believers', Islam or the System: The Internal Debate, Rationalizing Compromise from an Islamic Perspective, Convincing the Grassroots, An Eminent Clergyman Lends His Authority; Chapter Five Squaring Jihad with the General Public, The Political Effects of Hezbollah's Violent Emergence, The Party of God Tries to Calm the Waters, Islamist Discourse and Integration: Jihad in a National Context, Infitah: Securing Christian Understanding and Support, Political Networking with Christians and Others; Chapter Six Serving the Umma - Hezbollah as Employer and Charity Organization, The Effect of Lebanon's Civil War on Public and Social Services, Service Delivery in the Dahiyeh, Rural Services and Programmes, Speaking for the 'Abandoned', Jihad al-Binaa (RC)as a Model Rural Development Agency, Hezbollah's 'Good Works': The Prognosis for Growth; Chapter Seven The Grass Roots Speak - The 1998 Municipal Elections, The Struggle over Election 'Rules' Hezbollah Plays the Democracy Card, Beirut Campaigns and Elections, The Dahiyeh Decides, The Electoral Struggle in the South, Hezbollah's Bekaa Coup;, Chapter Eight The Mechanics of Military Jihad, Beirut's Priority: Extending Control over the South, Incipient Tensions between the Lebanese Government and Hezbollah, The Imperatives and Rules of Syria 's Two-Track Resistance Policy, 'Grapes of Wrath' and the Dynamics of Syrian Foreign Policy, Policy Pay-offs, Post-'Victory' Frictions; Chapter Nine The Collapse of the 'Security Zone', Israel's 'Security Zone' Begins to Shrink, Hi-Tech, Low-Tech Jihad Pays Off, Guerrilla Warfare in the Communications Age, Diplomacy and the Israeli Withdrawal, The End of the 'Security Zone', Resistance Challenges and Their Resolution; Chapter Ten Hezbollah's Standing After the Collapse of the 'Security Zone', Parliamentary Election Pay-offs, The South and the Bekaa Reward Hezbollah, Elections in the Capital, The Guns vs. Butter Clash, New Resistance Opportunities, All the Way to Jerusalem?; Chapter Eleven The Terrorism vs. Resistance Controversy, Lebanon, Syria and Iran: Willing Partners in the Anti-Terrorism Coalition?, Beirut's Position on Hezbollah