1st Edition

Islam as Power Shi‛i Revivalism in the Oeuvre of Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah

By Bianka Speidl Copyright 2021
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Providing an in-depth and extensive analysis of the concept of power as articulated

    by Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah (1935–2010), this case study analyses the

    systemic conceptualisation of power and his argumentation of sacralising

    Islamised power. The volume also offers a quick overview of how the concept was

    understood and articulated by other Shi‛ite jurists such as Ayatollah Khomeini.

    Examining Fadlallah’s oeuvre, in particular his seminal book Islam and the

    Logic of Power [ al-Islam wa-mantiq al-quwwa ], this book focuses on the narrative

    itself, which played a central role in the radical transformation that occurred in the

    Shi‛te concept of empowerment and its recognition as a necessity. The analysis

    of Fadlallah’s conceptualisation and argumentation illustrates the mechanism

    of sacralising righteous power as well as the means of gaining it. Fadlallah

    reinterpreted Shi‛sm as a project of empowerment to initiate and sustain an

    “impulse of power” amongst the Lebanese Shi‛tes in the most critical moment of

    modern Lebanese history.

    Dealing with the concept of power in Shi‛te political thought from a theoretical

    perspective, the study has an innovative approach that offers an insight into

    how the transformative narrative is constructed and what makes it convincing.

    Shedding light on the content and logical structure of Fadlallah’s argumentation,

    this volume will be of interest to scholars and students researching contemporary

    politics, Islam, and the Middle East.


    1. The Importance of Muḥammad Ḥusayn Faḍlallāh in ShīꜤī Revivalism

    2. Defining Power as a System and an Intermediate Goal

    3. Faḍlallāh’s Theology of Power

    4. Spiritual Power as the Engine of Revolution

    5. Social Power

    6. Political Power

    7. Ethics of Power

    8. Rhetoric of Power




    Bianka Speidl is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Pázmány Péter Catholic

    University, Hungary. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic

    Studies at the University of Exeter. She spent academic years in Tunisia, Syria,

    Italy, and Lebanon. Between 2013–2019 she was a research fellow in the Research

    Group of Contemporary Religious Culture pertaining to the Hungarian Academy

    of Sciences and the University of Szeged, Hungary.