This beginner's guide to Hamas has been fully revised and updated. It now covers all the major events since the January 2006 elections, including the conflict with Fatah and Israel's brutal offensive in Gaza at the end of 2008. Explaining the reasons for Hamas's popularity, leading Al-Jazeera journalist and Cambridge academic Khaled Hroub 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. This unique book provides a refreshing perspective that gets to the heart of Hamas.
Khaled Hroub is a Palestinian, born into a refugee camp in Bethlehem, and now part of the diaspora of educated intellectuals. He is currently director of the Arab Media Project at Cambridge University and is the author of three previous books on Hamas.
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