Hamas : A Beginner's Guide

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What is Hamas's history; its key beliefs; and its political agenda? From its' founding, following the First Intifada, to the 2008 Israeli Gaza offensive, Khaled Hroub writes this indispensable introduction to Hamas.

The book encompasses all major events, including the January 2006 elections, the ever-evolving relationship with Fatah, and the Gaza war, in addition to providing insight into Hamas's ideology by studying their charter, their socio-economic strategies and their outlook on Israel. Explaining the reasons for Hamas's popularity, Hroub provides the key facts often missing from news reports.

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 surprises that the future may hold.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745329721
  • 9780745329727
  • 935,624

Table of contents

Introduction to second edition

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

The definition of Hamas, its ideological drive and worldview

Hamas Charter

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 Fatah and the Palestinians

Hamas's popularity

Hamas, the PLO and the Palestinian Left

Hamas and Fatah

Hamas and the 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


Hamas's Charter

10. A New Hamas?

Hamas and the 2006 elections

The significance of Hamas' victory

11. Hamas in Power

The mixed fortunes of Hamas in power

The mixed fortunes of Hamas in power-sharing and controlling

12. The future of Hamas

13. Hamas and Gaza War 2008/9

Hamas and the causes of the war

What Hamas gained and lost of the war

Hamas' regional standing after the war

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Review quote

'A very useful summary of the Hamas movement's origins, evolution, and key positions. The book's question-and-answer format yields clear and concise positions, and Hroub deftly expands on these as he explains the nature of Hamas' discourse on resistance, its views of Israel, what he sees as religious and nationalistic currents in Hamas, the problematic language of its Charter, association with suicide bombings, and the impact on Palestinians of Fatah's and Hamas' polarisation' -- CHOICE 'This book could not be timelier. Drawing on his deep understanding of politics and religion in Palestine, Hroub expertly answers every important question about Hamas' -- James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. 'This short, timely introduction provides a history of the movement, a rundown of key policies and sketches of key figures' -- Guardian
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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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