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The Shi'a of Lebanon: Clans, Parties and Clerics

The Shi'a of Lebanon: Clans, Parties and Clerics
Rodger Shanahan

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The Shi'a of Lebanon have emerged in the last 20 years to become a major force in Lebanese politics having long been a marginalised political community. Rodger Shanahan's book examines the reasons behind this transformation from a largely rural population dominated by a handful of elite families, to an assertive sectarian force whose new found power is exemplified by the emergence of Shi'a parties such as Amal and Hizballah. In this highly useful study Shanahan explores the development of the Shi'a community from the imposition of French mandatory rule, through independence and the bloody civil war to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from South Lebanon in 2000.

Author Info

Rodger Shanahan is a visiting fellow at the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, and teaches in the university's Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies

ISBN: 9781850437666
Publication Date: 30 Apr 2005
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 234
Width: 156

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