Political Islam

  • Article // Dec 09, 2014
    Rola el-Husseini
    As fears of an ISIS surge in northern Lebanon continue to rise, it is important to have a balanced perspective on the makeup of current Lebanese Sunni Islamist groups. I recently spent three months conducting fieldwork in Lebanon, interviewing representatives from a wide variety of Islamist groups. I present my findings below.
  • On the rise since the late 1970's, the use of Islamic doctrine by various political/paramilitary organizations as a means to muster support or opposition for a particular cause has perhaps been the most marked phenomenon to sweep the region in decades.