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Hassan Nasrallah Ashura Speeches: The thin line between Ethics and Identity

Citation
Saade B (2019) Hassan Nasrallah Ashura Speeches: The thin line between Ethics and Identity. Die Welt des Islams, 59 (3-4), p. 384–410. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700607-05934P06

Abstract
The Lebanese political organization Hizbullah has developed its own style of commemorating ʿāshūrāʾ, the Shiʿi period of mourning in remembrance of the Battle of Karbalāʾ. Previous scholarship has analyzed Hizbullah’s ʿāshūrāʾ with prevailing conceptual binaries such as politics/religion, reason/tradition, or reason/emotion. This article challenges such binaries by looking at the series of speeches given by Hizbullah’s secretary general, Ḥasan Naṣrallāh, during the annual ʿāshūrāʾ rituals. Naṣrallāh’s oratory skills, and most importantly the careful structuring of the ten-day mourning event, show clearly that the production of reasoned arguments through speech involves the cultivation of intense emotions and states of consciousness. These are conducive not only to collective action and identity formation but also to ethical practices.

Keywords
Religion; Party politics; Modernity; Ethics; Identity; Ritual

Journal
Die Welt des Islams: Volume 59, Issue 3-4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Saade, Bashir
Publication date30/09/2019
Publication date online30/09/2019
Date accepted by journal11/09/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30112
PublisherMiddle East Institute
ISSN0043-2539
eISSN1570-0607
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