This study analyses Kurdish Hizbullah as a social movement, charting Hizbullah's development from its origins in violent militancy to its move towards a more ambiguous 'civic' mode of engagement.
Mehmet Kurt explores Hizbullah in Turkey's many paradoxes: notably its political rise and the apparent power of Islamism in a region in which leftist Kurdish political movements dominate political discourse; and its composition, which in its Sunni and Kurdish makeup, differs from the Shiite Hizbullah in Lebanon.
Through his unique position as an anthropologist, theorist and former Imam, Kurt produces a work of extraordinary insight: an ethnography comprised of extensive interviews with leaders, members and supporters of Hizbullah, revealing the manner in which Islamic civil society has taken root in a region where ethnic identity has been the primary organising tool against a repressive and violent state.
Mehmet Kurt is the British Academy Newton Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. His areas of expertise are Kurdish Islamist groups, social movements, radicalisation, the Kurdish issue in Turkey, visual ethnography and oral history. He is the author of Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey (Pluto, 2017).
Introduction 1. The historical overview of Hizbullah 2. The 'Grounded' dimensions of Hizbullah as Islamist organisation and social movement 3. The construction of social memory in the stories and novels of Hizbullah Conclusion Appendix: the text of the written interview with Hizbullah officials Bibliography Index