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

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ISBN 9780367558574
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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



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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.