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.
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).
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 Leadership 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 Index