Hezbollah, Islamist Politics, and International Society by Filippo Dionigi

By Filippo Dionigi

How do the norms of the liberal overseas order have an effect on the job of Islamist pursuits? This e-book analyzes and assesses the level to which Islamist teams, that have frequently tried to guard their groups from “alien” ethical conceptions, were tormented by the principles and rules that keep watch over foreign society. via an research of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Filippo Dionigi concludes that foreign norms are one of the most important components altering Islamist politics. the result's a precarious yet leading edge equilibrium within which Islamists are pressured to reconsider suggestion of an allegedly “authentic” Islamic morality and the legitimacy of foreign norms.

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These divergences over conceptions of person and community produce different political views. Marx and Burke are critical of the emergence of political norms and institutions as universal rights. Theorists of nationalism have emphasized the importance of national self-determination over the claims of individualist cosmopolitanism, whereas realist thinkers in International 36 HEZBOLLAH, ISLAMIST POLITICS, AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY Relations have raised doubts over the possibility of a universalist morality embodied in multilateral international institutions.

21 John Charvet and Elisa Kaczynska-Nay observe that in Marx’s critique: Political community on this liberal view of man is in effect only an abstract ideal framework external to individuals and the only real bond holding them together is need and private interest. 23 Waldron argues that political rights are consistent with Marx’s “species-being” conception of the person, whereas those rights that exclusively safeguard individual freedom are not. According to Marx, political rights “are only exercised in community with other men.

If liberalism has provoked critical reactions in the Western sociopolitical context (as seen in the previous chapter), it is then understandable that similar and even harsher reactions emerged in the intellectual field of Islamic thinking in the Middle East. This chapter overviews how four key Islamist thinkers have articulated their critiques of norms and principles of liberal ethics when applied in the context of their respective Muslim majority societies. The following discussion, first, provides more trivially an introduction to Islamism (with no ambitions of completeness) which will turn out to be useful as background knowledge for the empirical analysis provided in the rest of the book.

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