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New Texts Out Now: Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists

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Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab (RJA & MA): There were several reasons for writing the book. In the last two decades we had read several books on Shi`i Islamist movements, particularly Hizbullah, which presented secular ideologies and Communism simply as those forces ...

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Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab

 

Rula Jurdi Abisaab is associate professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. She is the author of Converting Persia: Religion and Power in Safavid Iran (I. B. Tauris, 2004) and co-author of The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists (Syracuse, 2014) along with several articles. She is a writer and poet who authored Al-Kathāfa: Qiṣṣat Ḥarb Lubnāniyya (Thick Air: a Lebanese war story) 2007, and two poetry collections, Ghilāf al-Qalb (The Heart’s Peel) 2013, and Mithlī aw ka-al-Mudun al-Khamsa (Like me or Like the Five Cities), forthcoming.

Malek Abisaab is associate professor of history at McGill University. He is the author of Militant Women of a Fragile Nation (Syracuse, 2009) and co-author of The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists (Syracuse, 2014) and several articles including Shi`ite Peasants and a New Nation in Colonial Lebanon: the intifada (uprising) of Bint Jubayl, 1936,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 29, no. 3 (November, 2009): 483-501.