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Political Islam and Cold war, Islamist alternatives in Iraq and Lebanon (1967-1991)

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Keywords: Political Islam; Middle East; Cold War.

This article seeks to evaluate the impact of Cold War strategies and superpowers initiative in the Middle East with a particular reference on the evolution of political Islam. Based on a storiographical analysis, the article also focuses its attention on two particular cases of the Shia social and political thought (the Lebanese Hezbollah and Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr writings) in order to show how these two particular expressions of the Islamic political thought have been influenced by the Cold War and what was their positioning in this regards. In the first paragraph a particular attention is dedicated to the applicability of Cold War paradigm to the Middle East and in this sense, by using Halliday words, we evaluated its qualified and limited impact on the region. Secondly, on the basis of this analysis, we propose the evolution of the aforementioned cases, by relying on Arabic texts and primary sources.

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