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Hamas : A Beginner's Guide

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'This short, timely introduction provides a history of the movement, a rundown of key policies, sketches of key figures ... Hroub's aim is to "debunk" western misconceptions by depicting what he calls "the real Hamas": embedded in the community by its social arms, and driven to suicide bombing by Israeli intransigence. [Yet] Hroub is not afraid to voice criticism or disquiet.' Guardian

'This book could not be timelier. Khaled Hroub expertly answers every important question about Hamas and insightfully explains its ideology, organisation and appeal. Concise, lucid and invaluable.' James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The U.S. views Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Yet, to the great surprise of many, Hamas swept to victory in the 2006 Palestinian Authority elections. Hamas is now a democractically elected political party.

This is the first beginner's guide to this controversial political organisation. Explaining the reasons for Hamas's success, this book provides the key facts that are so often missing from conventional news reports. It's a one-stop guide that gives a clear overview of Hamas's history, key beliefs, and its political agenda.

Written by a leading Al-Jazeera journalist and Cambridge academic, this unique book provides a refreshing perspective that gets to the heart of the reasons behind Hamas's victory.

It provides a critical overview of Hamas's attitudes to Israel, including religious beliefs and suicide bombings, its attitude to the PLO and its programme of grassroots social work within Palestine.

The reality of Hamas's victory means that the West will now have to engage with it more seriously if there is to be peace in the Middle East. This book provides the first essential step towards a better understanding of the challenges and suprises that the future may hold.

Praise for Khaled Hroub's previous book, Hamas: Political Thought and Practice:
'[Hroub's] in-depth and dispassionate presentation of the Hamas doctrine is masterful.'
Foreign Affairs

'The best-researched and most objective study.'
Joseph Massad, Columbia University
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17.02mm | 449.06g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745325912
  • 9780745325910

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Table of contents

Introduction

1. Hamas's history

Islamism and the Palestinian struggle

The Muslim Brotherhood: the roots of Hamas

The formation of Hamas

2. Hamas's ideology and objectives

Hamas's ideological drive and worldview

Hamas: a national liberation movement or a religious movement?

3. Hamas and Israel and Judaism

Hamas's view of the Jews

Hamas's view of Israel

4. Hamas's resistance and military strategy

Forcing unconditional Israeli withdrawal

Suicide attacks

5. Hamas's political and social strategy

Grassroots social work

Elections, democracy and mobilisation

Hamas's economic outlook

6. Hamas and the Palestinians

Hamas's popularity

Hamas and secular Palestinian movements

What is Hamas's view and relationship with Palestinian Christians?

7. Hamas and `International Islamism'

Hamas and Muslim countries

Hamas and Muslim communities in the West

Hamas and Islamist movements

8. Hamas and the West

Hamas and the West

Hamas and the United States

Hamas and Europe

9. Hamas's Leadership and Structure

Leadership

Hamas's Charter

10. The New Hamas

What do we mean by the New Hamas?

The future of Hamas

Index
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Review quote

Hroub takes the dispassionate view in the form of a question and answer session. Questions range from 'In Hamas' view, what would be the future of the Jews in Palestine?' to 'What is the relationship between the political and military wings of Hamas?' and Hroub answers most while filling us in on Hamas' slow rise to power over the last two decades. -- Peter Burnett, Scotsman Khaled Hroub, whose work on Hamas is exceptional, has written a lucid, informative and extremely valuable introduction to this complex and often misunderstood organization. Hroub covers key issues and addresses critical questions in a thoughtful and accessible manner, leaving the reader better informed and prepared to pursue further reasoned inquiry. -- Sara Roy This book could not be timelier. Drawing on his deep understanding of politics and religion in Palestine, Khaled Hroub expertly answers every important question about Hamas and insightfully explains its ideology, organisation and appeal. This is precisely the sort of concise and lucid account that all who are concerned about Hamas's recent electoral victory and its impact on the peace process will find invaluable. -- James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies This short, timely introduction provides a history of the movement, a rundown of key policies, sketches of key figures, and an assessment of how it will be changed by winning parliamentary elections ... Hroub's aim is to "debunk" western misconceptions by depicting what he calls "the real Hamas": embedded in the community by its social arms, and driven to suicide bombing by Israeli intransigence. The choice of Palestinian colours for the book's jacket suggests a partisan account, but Hroub is not afraid to

voice criticism or disquiet. -- Guardian Hroub provides insightful, in-depth and dispassionate explanations for each and every question. His own perception of Hamas goes beyond his own stand of being with or against the movement. -- El Faith A. A/Salam, Asian Journal of Social Science It is written in a simple question and answer format which makes it very accessible to the most casual reader. -- Palestine News
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About Khaled Hroub

Khaled Hroub is a Palestinian, born into a refugee camp in Bethlehem. He is director of the Arab Media Project at Cambridge University and is the author of Hamas: A Beginner's Guide (Pluto, 2010).
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