Must Read Article: “What it is like to grow up in Hezbollah culture”

Enlightening, eye-opening, and extremely moving writing. Published in the superb blog, Between a Veil and a Dark Place, it’s called “What it is like to grow up in Hezbollah culture“. It’s a long article, but it’s worth your time, it’s also very hard to read at times but it’s worth your emotional investment too. You can read it as an excellent memoir, the author’s understanding of her own situation and description of events is so compelling that I would happily ask her to write a complete book about her memories. You can also read it as an eye-opener, to understand the situation and the historical context of Hezbollah in the Middle East, as all the necessary information is there. It’s the complete package.

Unfortunately, I haven’t read the rest of her articles myself – I’m still busy reading through Dan Finke’s and Kate Donovan’s blogs, and they both have proved a time consuming challenge together. But only looking at her titles, it seems we have some kind of common experience, in that both of us try to talk about the pain of living in Islamic world and then there are some people who have never set foot in Middle East who felt more qualified than us to explain to us about what has been an inseparable part of our lives. This is where the similarity ends though, my whole experiences don’t hold a candle to hers, her bravery, clarity, and depth of thought is something I can only be envious of.

Of course, I’m making it a priority to read everything, and judging by this one article I’m in it for a great ride. Read the article, bookmark the blog, and if you’d like, donate to keep her site going, which clearly comes at a great personal risk and cost.

About Kaveh Mousavi

Kaveh Mousavi is the pseudonym of an atheist ex-Muslim living in Iran, subject to one of the world’s remaining theocracies. He is a student of English Literature, an aspiring novelist, and part-time English teacher. He is passionate about politics, video games, heavy metal music, and cinema. He was born at the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. He has ditched the Islamic part, but has kept some of the revolutionary spirit.

  • colnago80

    It’s even worse then that. Today, male members of Hizbollah can be sent to Syria to support the Assad kleptocracy. The recent success of Assad’s forces is, in part, due to their being reinforced by Hizbollah fighters.

  • Uncle Ebeneezer

    Just wanted to say thanks for passing along this great post. Here in the US it’s rather easy to get the impression that Hezbollah, the Muslim Bortherhood, Al Qaeda, the PLO etc. are all the equivalent of brown-skinned boogeymen with no differences between them in their history, goals, motivations and influence. Even following more focussed shows/podcasts/blogs that dig more into the details, the backstory is rarely given so I very much enjoyed the post for the history and explanation of the spiritual element of Hezbollah. And of course, the parallels with US Fundamentalist Xianity were hardly surprising but very interesting and well illustrated by Marwa.

    And a belated welcome to FTB.


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