Hezbollah, Lebanon

The Hasan Nasrallah Rosary

That’s right, you heard me. A Nasrallah rosary. It was only a matter of time before somebody put a picture of the Sayyed on one. Such is the equal-opportunity appeal of Hizbulah’s chief in Lebanon that many Christians place him in the same pantheon as St. George,  St. Maron, St. Anthony…

Ok, I exaggerate, but only slightly.

Apparently someone is selling rosaries which include, along with the usual lineup of haloed saints’ faces on them, an image of Sayyed Hasan’s turbaned head. Kind of brilliant. Just the perfect blend of religion and politics that makes for a nasty case of knickerus twistosa, here in the Paris of the Middle East.

Naim Qassem was interviewed by Maggie Farah on OTV’s “al-Haqq Yuqal” talk show last night. Held in a secret location, with Maggie’s smoldering eyes peering out from under a scanty lace headscarf, the Hizb’s deputy secretary-general pinned the blame for producing the rosaries on the Lebanese Forces.

I have yet to get my hands on one. Anybody seen them?


5 thoughts on “The Hasan Nasrallah Rosary

  1. Just a minor correction, Maggie Farah’s show is called “Al 7aq yuqaal”

    Posted by anonymous leb | January 22, 2009, 5:37 pm
  2. Thank you anon leb. I’ve fixed it.

    We have more political shows per capita than any country on earth I believe. It’s hard to keep them all straight.

    Which seems like a good topic for a post… stay tuned!

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | January 23, 2009, 3:30 am
  3. Hi QN

    Last week you promised an Abbas post.

    How’s that going?

    Have a good weekend.

    Posted by Idit | January 23, 2009, 4:22 am
  4. As it happens, I kind of collect this sort of stuff. I haven’t seen these yet, but I did once buy one of the little wooden bracelets like the ones that have Myriam, Jesus, Harissa, etc. on them. Except this one is all faces of Nasrallah and Hizb logos.

    I found it, strangely enough, on the corniche in Saida. Along with my bright orange Hezbollah t-shirt (from the beginning of the sit-in when it was in their interest to make the protest look as multi-confessional as possible), it was the gem in my crown of Middle Eastern kitsch. But finally, I gave it to an Iranian friend of mine visiting from South Africa.

    Posted by sean | January 24, 2009, 10:21 am
  5. It is my belief that we should do all we can to actively promote Lebanese schizophrenia… Forget nation building, industrialization, democracy; Skip to the end and bring on the postmodern revelry.

    Posted by jad | January 25, 2009, 9:15 pm

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