Shifting Perceptions among the Shia in Lebanon

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Hanin Ghaddar - Lebanese Shia identity is moving from a sectarian identity to a national one. Moreover, there is a widening departure from the resistance narrative, which is increasingly seen as a narrative of war and Islamic indoctrination. The ideas of resistance and antagonism towards Israel are still deep-seated facets of Lebanese Shia identity. Yet growing feelings of resentment towards war and Hizbullah's efforts to continue militarizing the community are proving to be stronger, as members of the community desire better living standards, financial stability, and security. In this sense, national identity - and an eagerness to be part of the Lebanese people as a whole - is becoming more significant than the sectarian identities that have long dominated Lebanese politics. The writer is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute.

2019-12-20 00:00:00

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