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Ḥāl id-Dunyā: An Arabic News Bulletin In Colloquial ('Āmmiyya)

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This chapter focuses on two key constituents of Hizbullah's political communication strategies during the July War: The mediated charisma of its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the religious-political discourse of his normally widely televised and reported speeches. It suggests that perforrmative political practices constitute what Foucault calls "the meticulous rituals", or "the micro-physics of power" which define ordinary peoples' lives on many levels, but which are also largely intentional, managed and schemed out. The chapter provides an overview of Hizbullah's evolution from an Islamist resistance group into a major Lebanese political party, then goes on to examine Hizbullah's Nasrallah's mediated charisma and political-religious discourse as examples of performative political practices intended to call the intended audience as a public. As Alshaer argues, every language and culture that embodies a culture of communication that is historically grounded, but is open to different interpretations and appropriations.

Keywords:Hizbullah; July War; mediated charisma; Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah



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