By Fouad Ajami
In the summer time of 1978, Musa al Sadr, the religious chief of the Muslim Shia sect in Lebanon, disappeared mysteriously whereas on a trip to Libya. As within the Shia fantasy of the "Hidden Imam," this modern day Imam left his fans upholding his legacy and waiting for his go back. thought of an interloper whilst he had arrived in Lebanon in 1959 from his local Iran, he steadily assumed the function of charismatic mullah, and was once instrumental in remodeling the Shia, a quiescent and downtrodden Islamic minority, into devoted political activists.
What type of individual used to be Musa al Sadr? What ideals within the Shia doctrine did his lifestyles embrace? the place did he healthy into the tangle of Lebanon's warring factions? What was once in the back of his disappearance? during this interesting and compelling narrative, Fouad Ajami resurrects the Shia's overlooked heritage, either far-off and up to date, and interweaves the lifestyles and paintings of Musa al Sadr with the bigger strands of the Shia past.
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