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The Vanished Imam: Musa Al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon

The Vanished Imam: Musa Al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon

By Fouad Ajami

Cornell University Press, 1986, 222 pp.

Musa al Sadr was born and educated in Iran, made his mark on Lebanon as a charismatic religious and political leader, disappeared while on a visit to Libya in 1978, and lives on as a powerful symbol for the Shia community. Fouad Ajami, a distinguished American scholar with roots in southern Lebanon, is admirably qualified to write this book, and he has succeeded in drawing a striking portrait of the man against the background of the millennial Islamic culture and the murky present-day politics of the Middle East.