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Problems of International Politics: Understanding Shiite Leadership: The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon (Hardback)
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Problems of International Politics: Understanding Shiite Leadership: The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon (Hardback)

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Hardback 166 Pages / Published: 05/06/2014
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In this book, Shaul Mishal and Ori Goldberg explore the ways in which Shiite leaderships in Iran and Lebanon approach themselves and their world. Contrary to the violent and radical image of religious leaderships in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Lebanese Hizballah, the political vision and practice of these leaderships view the world as a middle ground, shying away from absolutist and extremist tendencies. The political leadership assumed by Shiite religious scholars in Iran and Lebanon has transformed Shiite Islam from a marginalized minority to a highly politicized avant garde of Muslim presence, revitalized the practice and causes of political Islam in its struggle for legitimacy and authority, and reshaped the politics of the Middle East and the globe in its image. Utilizing approaches from social theory, history, theology, and literary criticism, the book presents these leaderships as pragmatic, interpretative entities with the potential to form fruitful relationships between Shiite leadership and the non-Shiite world.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107046382
Number of pages: 166
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This study is bound to give rise to the usual academic hullabaloo in light of its attempt to constructively assess what is at stake in our understanding of political radicalism and religious fundamentalism, the two easy labels of dismissing serious appreciation of the political consciousness at work in Iranian and other Shiite communities of the Middle East.' Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, George Mason University, Virginia
'Mishal and Goldberg (2014) directly address questions of interest to students of international relations ... Understanding Shiite Leadership is an effort to unpack the world of the Shiite leadership in the Middle East.' Vikas Kumar, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs
"This study is bound to give rise to the usual academic hullabaloo in light of its attempt to constructively assess what is at stake in our understanding of political radicalism and religious fundamentalism, the two easy labels of dismissing serious appreciation of the political consciousness at work in Iranian and other Shiite communities of the Middle East." Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, George Mason University, Virginia
'Mishal and Goldberg (2014) directly address questions of interest to students of international relations ... Understanding Shiite Leadership is an effort to unpack the world of the Shiite leadership in the Middle East.' Vikas Kumar, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs

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