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date: 18 May 2021

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This article examines the development and ideology of Lebanon’s foremost political party, the Hizbullah. It compares and contrasts Hizbullah’s past and present manifestations, and traces its doctrinal, political, and military evolution. It examines how the party reconciled its adherence to the doctrine of  wilayat al-faqih  with claims that it is a Lebanese movement with a Lebanese identity; its role in post-Ta’if and post-Syria Lebanon; and how it dealt with overlapping domestic and regional struggles that represented both opportunities and threats.

Keywords: Lebanon, Lebanese politics, political parties, Islamist politics

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