As a result of the Arab uprisings and especially the Syrian crisis, Lebanon is experiencing a radicalization of its religious communities. This radicalization is not only evident in the Muslim community, where militant Islamism and Salafism are on the rise and Sunni-Shia conflicts are becoming more and more violent; the Christian community and especially the Maronites are also showing forms of radicalization, asserts Maximilian Felsch, who conceptualizes this trend as ‘Christian nationalism’. Olivier Moos spoke with Dr Felsch in Beirut about this issue.
“Hizbullah is the result of a long historical process… Hizbullah is not a monolithic movement, but rather a coalition of Shi’ite clerics… Hizbullah is more than 25 years old. ‘The future is ours’, to quote Nasrallah, and from a demographic viewpoint, he is very likely to be right.” – Prof. Joseph Alagha, who teaches a the Lebanese American University, shares his insights on Hizbullah.
This interview with Prof. Alagha was conducted by Olivier Moos in Beirut in April 2007.
Joseph Alagha, The Shifts in Hizbullah’s Ideology: Religious Ideology, Political Ideology, and Political Program, Amsterdam University Press, 2006, 380 pages.