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compile and meticulously translate a host of original primary

documents: from Hizbullah’s 1985 Open Letter; through its eight


clandestine conclaves from 1989 to 2009; to all of its election programs
from 1992 to 2010; and all of the agreements, understandings, and pacts
the party has ratified over the years; ending with the 2009 Political
Manifesto. This first-hand portrait of Hizbullah’s metamorphosis over the
past three dec­a­des is complemented by thorough footnotes, commentary,
background information and chronology. A detailed introductory chapter
maps the party’s transformation by analytically comparing the Open
Letter with the 2009 Manifesto. Hizbullah’s Documents: From the 1985
Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto will be an invaluable companion for
both scholars and policymakers.

Joseph Alagha, associate professor of Islamic studies at Radboud Univer-


sity Nijmegen, is the author of The Shifts in Hizbullah’s Ideology (2006)
and Hizbullah’s Identity Construction (2011), both published by Amster-
dam University Press.

Praise for The Shifts in Hizbullah’s Ideology



I have admired your work on Hizbullah, and I found your recently published
book fascinating.
— Daniel L. Byman, Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies,
Georgetown University

I hope Alagha’s work will receive attention in the US, where US policy on
Hizbullah is based on ignorance – often deliberate ignorance.
— Graham E. Fuller, Ex-Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence
Council at the CIA

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