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Fearful Symmetry

Fearful Symmetry

Below is a translated excerpt from the most recent speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah. His discussion of the timing and planning of Hezbollah’s retaliation for Israel’s attack in Quneitra a couple weeks ago was absorbed, characteristically, with the question of symbolism. Nasrallah’s postmortem glosses on his party’s operations often assume this pose of the charismatic schoolmaster, drawing the attention of … Continue reading

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Qifa Nabki [ˈki-fə ˈneb-kē] is a blog about Levantine politics, history, and culture, written by Elias Muhanna, the Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University. A specialist in Classical Arabic literature and Islamic intellectual history, Elias also writes frequently for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian. Become a fan on Facebook to meet other readers and follow Elias on Twitter. For media inquiries, please provide an email address and/or a telephone number via the contact page.

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