The Story From Within

9780863566998 February 2010 Paperback 464pp

About the Book

Hizbullah (‘Party of God’) is one of the Middle East’s major political forces. Sheikh Naim Qassem, its Deputy Secretary-General, provides an insider’s view of this Shi‘ite resistance group turned political party, from its inception to the present day.

Formed in 1982 in response to Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, Hizbullah was instrumental in forcing Israel to withdraw its troops in 2000.

During the 1990s, after many years functioning as both a guerrilla movement and a social-support provider to Lebanese victims of war, Hizbullah moved into mainstream parliamentary politics.

The group’s mandate is laid out here, allowing access to the mindset of this important party at a crucial stage of its development. This paperback edition also includes a new introduction covering the 2006 war with Israel and the spring 2008 events in Beirut.

About the Author

Sheikh Naim Qassem is a founding member of Hizbullah. He has been the party’s Deputy Secretary-General since 1991, and is the author of numerous books on political and religious issues.


‘Sheikh Naim Qassem offers an insider’s view of the workings of the party from its inception until now, providing a comprehensive guide to the mandate of one of the Middle East’s major political forces.’
Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs

‘A fascinating account of the creation and rise of Hizbullah.’
London Review of Books