Why does Iran need Hizbullah?

Akbarzadeh, Shahram 2016, Why does Iran need Hizbullah?, Muslim world, vol. 106, no. 1, Special Issue : overcoming secretarian faultlines after the Arab uprisings: sources, symptoms and solutions, pp. 127-140, doi: 10.1111/muwo.12128.

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Title Why does Iran need Hizbullah?
Author(s) Akbarzadeh, ShahramORCID iD for Akbarzadeh, Shahram orcid.org/0000-0001-8829-9147
Journal name Muslim world
Volume number 106
Issue number 1
Season Special Issue : overcoming secretarian faultlines after the Arab uprisings: sources, symptoms and solutions
Start page 127
End page 140
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 0027-4909
Keyword(s) International policy
Syrian crisis
Arts & Humanities
Asian Studies
Summary The political and military commitment of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon has gone through the baptism of fire once again. The Syrian crisis has become a critical theatre of war for the three way alliance between Iran, Hizbullah and Syria, celebrated as the ‘axis of resistance’ in Tehran. The Iranian leadership has used the Syrian crisis to further consolidate its ties with Hizbullah and warn potential enemies of the risks in underestimating Iran’s capacity to take the war to them. Iranian leaders call this a strategy of deterrence, warning Israel and the United States of massive retaliation in case they take any action against Iran. Hizbullah is key to that policy. This paper will explore relations between Iran and Hizbullah in the broader context of Iran’s external relations and geo-strategic calculations. It notes the significance of Iran’s revolutionary ideology and its version of Shia Islam in lubricating this relationship. Hizbullah adheres to the ideological principles advanced in Tehran and shares Iran’s Manichean worldview which divides the world between the oppressors and the oppressed. In this perspective, the United States and Israel are seen as the principal oppressors of the Muslim world. This religious and ideological platform has facilitated a close strategic partnership between Iran and Hizbullah. The Syrian crisis has demonstrated that both parties place significant value in this partnership and are prepared to go to extreme lengths to protect it. This consideration has played a major role in Hizbullah’s military steps to defend the Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/muwo.12128
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
1699 Other Studies In Human Society
2002 Cultural Studies
2204 Religion And Religious Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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