AraBooks | Religion and Hezbollah: Political Ideology and Legitimacy – Mariam Farida
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Religion and Hezbollah: Political Ideology and Legitimacy
Dr Mariam Farida (UNSW)
What are the role and function of religion in Hezbollah’s political strategy in the context of contemporary Lebanese politics and global security action? How does Hezbollah use religious mechanisms such as taklif shari (religious assignment), ijtihad (interpretation) of jihad, and fatwa (religious verdict) as political tools to mobilise the Shi’a in Lebanon and the Middle East and to build political support? Mariam Farida’s book provides with new and interesting insights into Hezbollah’s ideology and identity as a domestic and regional non-state actor, and the social mobilisation of Shi’a in Lebanon and the region, providing a nexus between religion, politics and security.
About the speaker
Mariam Farida was awarded a PhD in Security Studies and Criminology in 2019 at Macquarie University. She is currently an Academic Learning Facilitator at UNSW and a Project Officer with Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) unit in CSNSW at Pro-active Integrated Support Model (PRISM).
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AraBooks is a seminar series curated by the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures. It hosts a series of talks by scholars, writers and artists whose scholarship and artistic productions focus on the Arab World, the Middle East and its diasporas. Each semester we explore a thread through the discussion of a series of books and in conversation with their authors.
- Thursday 13 May: Maria Frederika Malmström – The Streets Are Talking to Me: Affective Fragments in Sisi’s Egypt (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019)
- Thursday 20 May: Safdar Ahmed – Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System (Melbourne: 12 Panels Press, 2021)
- Thursday 27 May: Samuli Schielke – Migrant Dreams: Egyptian Workers in the Gulf States (Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2020)
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