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- DescriptionContrary to the conventional wisdom that sectarianism is intrinsically linked to violence, bloodshed, or social disharmony, Max Weiss uncovers the complex roots of Shi'i sectarianism in twentieth-century Leban. The template for conflicted relations between the Lebanese state and Shi'i society arose under French Mandate rule through a process of gradual transformation, long before the political mobilization of the Shi'i community under the charismatic Imam Musa al-Sadr and his Movement of the Deprived, and decades before the radicalization linked to Hizballah. Throughout the period, the Shi'i community was buffeted by crosscutting political, religious, and ideological currents: transnational affiliations versus local concerns; the competing pull of Arab nationalism and Lebanese nationalism; loyalty to Jabal 'Amil, the cultural heartland of Shi'i Leban; and, the modernization of religious and juridical traditions. Uncoupling the beginnings of modern Shi'i collective identity from the rise of political Shi'ism, Weiss transforms our understanding of the nature of sectarianism and shows why in Leban it has been both so productive and so destructive at the same time.
- Author BiographyMax Weiss is Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University.
- Author(s)Max Weiss
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2010
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note2 maps
- Weight658 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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