Ariela Gross

Ariela Gross Reaching wa'y

Reaching wa'y

Mobilization and Recruitment in Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami. A Case Study conducted in Beirut

Studien zum Modernen Orient 20

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Language: English
1. Edition ()
Paperback, 111 pages
ISBN 9783879974054

This book is a case study of Isla­mist women acti­vists in Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (the Islamic Libe­ra­tion Party), a trans­na­tional Isla­mist orga­niza­tion aiming at re-estab­lis­hing the historic Islamic Cali­phate which is seen as the only legi­ti­­mate form of state. The case study was conducted in Beirut, Lebanon.
Given the scar­city of analytical studies on Hizb al-Tahrir, this study contri­butes by asking what mobi­lizes collec­tive action in Hizb al-Tahrir and how far the estab­lished social move­­ment theo­ries can lead to an under­stan­ding of social mobi­li­za­tion in Hizb al-Tahrir.
Using parti­ci­pant obser­va­tion as the primary rese­arch meth­od, the study finds that elements of social move­ment theory can account for mobi­liza­tion and recruit­ment in Hizb al-Tahrir. However, given the group’s emphasis on »wa‘y« (aware­ness), the role of ideo­logy for social mobi­liza­tion in Hizb al-Tahrir is also proven to be central.

Review in OLZ 2014, 109, pp. 146-148 (Wiebke Diehl).