An analysis of Hizbullah's use of media
Cua, Diane S.
Baylouny, Anne Marie
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In recent years Lebanon's Hizbullah, the Party of God, has been steadily increasing its influence both domestically and in Middle East politics regionally. Hizbullah has transformed itself from a radical militia opposing Israeli occupation into a mainstream political party. In the process, Hizbullah has followed a sophisticated media strategy which includes a satellite television station with region reach. This thesis examines how Hizbullah has used the media to build its popular base and achieve its political goals. Using elements of social movement theory (SMT), this paper will analyze how Hizbullah's messages through the media have evolved in relation to political events occurring during three time periods. First, from the parliamentary elections in 1992 to the Israeli withdrawal in 2000; second, from post-Israeli withdrawal to the July 2006 war; finally, from the end of the July war to the present. Alternatively, this argument will be compared against theories that Islamist movements are unique and not responsive to the dynamics of social movements.
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