The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence, and Coexistence

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Columbia University Press, 2006 - History - 244 pages
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In The Palestinian Hamas, Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela show that, contrary to its violent image, Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement) is essentially a social and political organization, providing extensive community services and responding to political realities through bargaining and power brokering. The authors lift the veil on Hamas's strategic decision-making methods at each of the crucial crossroads it has confronted: the Intifada and the struggle with the PLO, the Oslo accords and the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority, and the choice between absolute jihad against Israel and controlled violence. Now with a new introduction, this book does much to contextualize the current ascendancy of this controversial movement.

  

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his is a good overview of Hamas as a political movement in the Occupied Palestinian territories, somewhat de-politicized and with extensive historical and sociological contextualization. One should ... Read full review

Contents

Social Roots and Institutional Development
13
Dogmas and Dilemmas
27
Controlled Violence
49
Coexistence Within Conflict
83
Calculated Participation
113
Patterns of Adjustment Opportunities and Constraints
147
Hamass Internal Structure
173
The Charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
175
Notes
201
Bibliography
227
Index
237
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About the author (2006)

Shaul Mishal is professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and director of the Institute for Israeli Arab Studies.

Avraham Sela is professor of Middle Eastern studies in the Department of International Relations and research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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