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Hezbollah:
A Short History
Augustus Richard Norton
With a new prologue and afterword by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Prologue to the New Paperback Edition vii
Prologue 1
Chapter 1 Origins and Prehistory of Hezbollah 9
The Rise of Shi'i Politics from the Mid-twentieth Century to the Lebanese Civil War 14
The Role of Musa al-Sadr 18
The Resurgence of Amal 21
Chapter 2 The Founding of Hezbollah 27
The Iraq Connection 30
The 1982 Israeli Invasion 32
Hezbollah Emerges 34
The Hezbollah Worldview 35
Implementing the Design 41
Chapter 3 Being a Shi'i Muslim in the Twenty-first Century 47
Ritual and Identity 51
The Intersection of Ritual and Politics 58
Chapter 4 Resistance, Terrorism, and Violence in Lebanon 69
Hezbollah and Terrorism 75
Occupation in Southern Lebanon 79
The "Rules of the Game" 83
The 2000 Israeli Withdrawal 88
Chapter 5 Playing Politics 95
Hezbollah's Decision to Participate 98
Municipal Elections 103
The Revolt of the Hungry 105
The Rich Texture of Shi"i Institutions 107
Chapter 6 From Celebration to War 113
The Changing Social Tapestry in Post-Civil War Lebanon 120
Lebanon's Love-Hate Relationship with Rafiq al-Hariri, and His Assassination 124
Setting the Stage for War 132
The Start of Hostilities, July 2006 135
Prosecuting the War 137
Conclusion 145
Hezbollah in a Fractured Postwar Lebanon 152
What Next? 157
Afterword to the Paperback Edition 161
Glossary 207
Additional Reading 209
Sources Cited 215
Index 219
Acknowledgments 231

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