Faith and Resistance

The Politics of Love and War



Friday, 5th October 2018, 18:30 - 20:00



What kind of decolonial possibilities exist in today’s world? Exploring the rise of Islamic activism in Lebanon and across the Middle East, while drawing transnational parallels with other revolutionary religious struggles in Latin America and South Africa, Sarah Marusek offers a timely decolonial analysis of the social and political evolution of Islamic movements. Based on more than two and a half years of ethnographic fieldwork in Lebanon, Marusek paints a picture of how resistance is lived and reproduced in daily lives, tracing the evolution of the ideas and practices of the charities affiliated with Hizbullah and the wider Islamic resistance movement. Adopting a dialectical approach, Faith and Resistance discusses the possibility for resistance groups to reconcile acquiring power with their decolonial aspirations. In doing so, the book acts as a guide for liberation struggles and those engaged in resistance the world over.

Sarah Marusek, Research Fellow, University of Leeds and Research Associate, University of Johannesburg; S. Sayyid, Professor of Social Theory & Decolonial Thought, University of Leeds and Arzu Merali, writer, researcher and co-founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission.


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