Hezbollah: In Transition
A movement in the pursuit of self-determination, justice and freedom for all can be both legitimate and illegitimate, depending upon the legal, social and political environment. This thesis investigates the nature of Hezbollah and its transformation from a militia to a mainstream political party in Lebanon. The thesis does not aim to label Hezbollah as a terrorist or a liberation movement but attempts to discuss the process of Hezbollah's transformation and the obstacles it faces in realising its complete political potential. The Hezbollah identity emerged from continuing changes in Lebanese politics and society which led to precarious conditions in which regulation became difficult. In the wake of a weak political and social order, the disenfranchised Shiites crystallised to form a group that came to be known as 'Hezbollah'. Broadly Hezbollah activists staged their struggle at two fronts, internal and external.
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