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“We are all Hizbullah now”: narrating the Party of God

Hamdar, Abir

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This essay is the first examination of the literary output of the Lebanese political party and militia Hizbullah. It examines a series of little-known fiction and non-fiction texts including novels, memoirs and autobiographies by Hizbullah fighters, supporters and sympathisers. At the same time, it seeks to place such Hizbullah narratives within the context not only of the Party’s media strategy but of the publishing industry in Lebanon more widely. The essay also argues that Hizbullah narratives consistently explore a cluster of key themes including the Karbala tragedy, Anti-Zionism and, in particular, the “infitah” or “Lebanonisation” of the Party. In conclusion, the essay argues that narratives of Hizbullah reflect the Party’s own gradual evolution over its 30-year existence from a purely sectarian group to a broader resistance movement that attracts support from across the religious and political spectrum.

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Hamdar, A. (2014). “We are all Hizbullah now”: narrating the Party of God. Journal for Cultural Research, 18(2), 158-170. https://doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2013.851852

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 11, 2013
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2013
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2014
Publicly Available Date Dec 11, 2015
Journal Journal for Cultural Research
Print ISSN 1479-7585
Electronic ISSN 1740-1666
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2
Pages 158-170
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2013.851852
Keywords Hizbullah, Party of God, Narrative, Lebanon, Shi‘ism, Karbala.

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