Dominique Avon

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Dominique Avon is a French historian of religion and professor at the University of Maine, France.[1] He studies the interactions between monotheistic religions in the Mediterranean Basin, and has written several books on Catholic religious orders such as the Society of Jesus and the Order of Preachers and on Muslim groups such as the Hezbollah (Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God", written with Anas-Trissa Khatchadourian).[2]

He is also the author of La Fragilité des clercs ("The Frailty of the Intellectuals", untranslated), an essay in which he analyses the thought of Samuel P. Huntington, Tariq Ramadan, Georges Corm, Alain Besançon and Alain Finkielkraut, and criticizes their perceived warmongering tendencies and inability to reason dispassionately about religious matters. The title is a pun on 1927 book La Trahison des clercs by Julien Benda.

Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God", published by Harvard University Press, contains a historical account as well as important primary sources about Hezbollah. While it was praised by John Quinn from The Risky Shift to be "an exceptional dispassionate analysis of Hezbollah’s early and later years",[3] it has been criticized by Publishers Weekly for relying "too heavily on Hezbollah's rhetoric to explain its motives and actions"[4] and by Princeton scholar Samuel Helfont for using "passive constructions" through which "chronology and causality can be blurry"[5] (for instance, the book will read that conflicts "erupted" instead of depicting one party or another as active attackers).


  1. ^ "Dominique Avon". La Vie des idées. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  2. ^ Avon, Dominique; Khatchadourian, Anaïs-Trissa; Todd, Jane Marie (2012). Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God". Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674070313. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God"". The Risky Shift. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God"". Publishers Weekly. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "After the Spring—Post-Revolution Hezbollah". New Republic. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015.