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Hezbollah's identities and their relevance for cultural and religious IR
Morillas Bassedas, Pol
Institut Català Internacional per la Pau
This working paper analyses the role of religious and resistance identities in Hezbollah’s transformation and foreign relations. It argues that this Islamist movement has privileged material concerns over the religious dogma when both factors have not been coincidental. To do so, it uses a theoretical framework that presents the main characteristics of the anthropological and political interpretations of the role of culture and religion in defining the behaviour of international actors. In the chapter dedicated to Hezbollah, close attention is paid to the domestic and regional levels of analysis. When assessing Hezbollah’s religious identity, this paper argues that the salience of the pan-Islamic religious identity in Hezbollah’s origins has been replaced by an increased political pragmatism. It also argues that the fight against Israel represents Hezbollah’s raison d’être and that its resistance identity has not suffered major transformations and has been easily combined with religious rhetoric. Linking Hezbollah’s case study with the theoretical framework, this paper argues that political conceptions of cultural and religious identities provide the best analytical tool to understand the evolution of this Islamist movement.
32 - Política
Identitat col·lectiva
Identidad colectiva
Identity, Collective
Islamisme i cultura
Islamismo y cultura
Culture and Islam
Relacions internacionals
Relaciones internacionales
International relations
42 p.
Documento de trabajo
2013.5793 (en línia);
2013.5785 (paper)

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