Hezbollah provides a new, grounded analysis of the controversial and misunderstood Lebanese party. Where previous books have focused on aspects of the party's identity, the military question or its religious discourse, here Joseph Daher presents an alternative perspective, built upon political economy.
Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Lebanon and dozens of interviews, as well as new archival and other primary sources, Daher's analysis confidently positions Hezbollah within socio-economic and political developments in Lebanon and the Middle East. He emphasises Hezbollah's historic ties with its main sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Iran, its media and cultural wings and its relationship with Western economic policies.
Further chapters examine the party's policies towards workers' struggles and women's issues, and its orientation towards the sectarian Lebanese political system. Hezbollah is a well informed and fresh analysis of a topic which remains central to our understanding of one of the world's most tumultuous and politically unstable regions.
Joseph Daher teaches at Lausanne University, Switzerland. He is the author of Syria after the Uprisings (Pluto, 2019) and Hezbollah: The Political Economy of the Party of God (Pluto, 2016). He is the co-editor of Penser l'emancipation (La Dispute, 2013) and founder of the blog Syria Freedom Forever.
Introduction 1. Sectarianism And The Lebanese Political Economy: Hezbollah's Origins 2. Hezbollah And The Political Economy Of Lebanese Neoliberalism 3. Lebanese Class Structure Under Neoliberalism 4. Hezbollah And Shi'a Civil Society 5. Hezbollah And The Lebanese Labour Movement 6. Hezbollah's Military Apparatus 7. Hezbollah And Revolutionary Processes In The Middle East And North Africa Conclusion Annex: Shi'a Fraction Of The Bourgeoisie Notes Bibliography Index