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Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Political Islam

Hizbullah's Institutional Identity


  • Emphasizes the relevance of nationalism studies to Islamic Movements

  • Introduces the Hizbullah’s previously unpublished narratives

  • Provides new research of the organization’s institutions from within


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mohanad Hage Ali
    Pages 93-132
  3. Mohanad Hage Ali
    Pages 133-174
  4. Mohanad Hage Ali
    Pages 175-220
  5. Mohanad Hage Ali
    Pages 221-232
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-249

About this book


This book sheds light on how Hizbullah has transformed religious rituals and supernatural narratives in order to mobilize the Shi’a community. The author examines how Hizbullah has altered its institutional structure and reconstructed Lebanese Shi’a history in a manner similar to that of nationalist movements. Through fieldwork and research, the project finds that Hizbullah has centralized around the concept of Wilayat al-Fagih (Gaurdianship of the Islamic Jurists): in essence, the absolute authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader over the Shi’a “nation.”


Jihad Nationalism Islamic Movements Shiism Islamic rituals Supernatural Narratives Lebanese Shi’i Wilayat al-Fagih Gaurdianship of the Islamic Jurists Iran’s Supreme Leader Shiʿi nation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Mohanad Hage Ali is Lecturer at the Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon. He is also Director of Communications at the Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, Lebanon. 

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