By Fouad Ajami
AKA "Vanished Imam"
Ebook Released: 2012
In the summer time of 1978, Musa al Sadr, the non secular chief of the Muslim Shia sect in Lebanon, disappeared mysteriously whereas on a trip to Libya. As within the Shia fable of the "Hidden Imam," this modern day Imam left his fans upholding his legacy and anticipating his go back. thought of an interloper while he had arrived in Lebanon in 1959 from his local Iran, he progressively assumed the position of charismatic mullah, and used to be instrumental in remodeling the Shia, a quiescent and downtrodden Islamic minority, into devoted political activists.
What kind of individual was once Musa al Sadr? What ideals within the Shia doctrine did his lifestyles include? the place did he healthy into the tangle of Lebanon's warring factions? What used to be at the back of his disappearance? during this interesting and compelling narrative, Fouad Ajami resurrects the Shia's ignored historical past, either far away and up to date, and interweaves the existence and paintings of Musa al Sadr with the bigger strands of the Shia past.