The Making of a Radical Shi'ite Leader


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9780863565960 May 2005 Hardback 397pp

About the Book

This unique book traces the career trajectory of the most prominent figures in modern political Islam, against a background of cultural, political and economic upheaval in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. From Sayyid Hussein Fadlallah’s early intellectual development through his scholastic and political engagements, Jamal Sankari assesses the cleric’s impact on both the resistance group Hizbollah and on the region as a whole.

Demonized by the West, and denounced by Muslim conservatives for his ‘moderation’ and ‘innovation’, Fadlallah was one of the first Islamic figures to condemn the events of 11 September while at the same time remaining amongst the harshest, relentless critics of the US role in the Middle East.

Fadlallah is regarded by many as the spiritual leader of Hizbullah. But his emergence as one of the world’s pre-eminent Islamists would have taken place even without Hizbullah; his insistence on cross-denominational dialogue across the Arab and Muslim world has inspired many followers and emulators.

Sankari provides extensive insight into the enigmatic, multi-faceted personality of this extraordinary religious-political leader.

About the Author

Jamal Sankari was born in Melbourne, Australia. He wrote his MA dissertation on the Islamic Liberation Party and its founder Shaykh Taqi al-Din al-Nabahani, and completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Melbourne.


'Fascinating and unexpectedly frank ... Jamal Sankari's nuanced, deeply informed biography of the cleric is essential reading.'
Middle East Journal

'Thoughtful, penetrative and exhaustive.'
Richard Norton, Boston University