What is it about?

Understanding Shiite leadership: The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon by Shaul Mishal and Ori Goldberg claims to demystify politics in Iran and Lebanon by showing how "insurmountable differences" are really "platforms for dialogue," and what may appears as "hardline rigidity is in fact, "pragmatic realism."

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Why is it important?

This is an important book because it attempts to translate not names and words but political concepts, to explain how non-Western political systems operate and demonstrate the possibilities for engagement and cooperation with other traditions of politics.


The problem is that the authors engage mostly with hypothetical scenarios and concocted political actors. It is unclear if their argument for harmony amidst difference will hold in a real-life situation.


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This page is a summary of: Undestanding Shiite Leadership: The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon, written by Mishal, Shaul and Ori Goldberg, Sociology of Islam, February 2015, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/22131418-00303009.
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