There is no god but God. (c2014)

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dc.contributor.author Ghandour, Gida Maher
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-18T12:20:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-18T12:20:42Z
dc.date.issued 2015-10-21
dc.date.submitted 2014-05-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1957
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 86-89). en_US
dc.description.abstract In recent years, scholarship on political Islam has shifted from exploring the compatibility between Islam and democracy towards more empirical studies revolving around the democratic commitments of Islamists. The moderation theory suggests that Islamist parties may become more moderate as a result of their inclusion in pluralist political processes. This thesis tests the cases of Hamas and Hezbollah against the inclusion-moderation theory. Can Islamist groups change their ideologies and behavior because of political participation? How does change occur and what are the tools, mechanisms and institutions that shape their moderation? Alternatively, is moderation instrumental and used for purely tactical reasons? This thesis argues that the literature on the moderation of Islamist parties is preoccupied with mainly endogenous variables. The latter helps explain the political and ideological side of the moderation of radical Islamist parties. By contrast, using Hamas and Hezbollah as case studies, this thesis argues that exogenous, namely geopolitical, factors also play an important role in whether or not radical Islamist parties choose to moderate their positions, especially vis-à-vis demobilizing their military wings and integrating fully into the political process. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ideology -- Religious aspects -- Islam en_US
dc.subject Islam and politics -- Arab countries en_US
dc.subject Hamas -- Political aspects -- Gaza Strip en_US
dc.subject Hizballah (Lebanon) en_US
dc.subject Shi'ah -- Political aspects -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title There is no god but God. (c2014) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Hamas and Hezbollah between ideology and pragmatism en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200103467 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Sami Baroudi
dc.author.commembers Dr. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: xi, 89 leaves; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Bassel Salloukh
dc.keywords Islamist en_US
dc.keywords Moderation en_US
dc.keywords Hamas en_US
dc.keywords Hezbollah en_US
dc.keywords Geopolitics en_US
dc.keywords Arab Uprisings en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2014.34 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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