The 21st century exists in the shadow of the return of extremist Islam to the center of the world's political stage, a process that began at the end of the previous century. While researchers have focused on the rise of Hamas, this return has in fact manifested itself in a range of independent Islamic extremist groups with their own philosophies.
Jihad in Palestine provides a comprehensive study of the variety of Islamic extremist groups operating inside Israel/Palestine today, examining their philosophies and views concerning martyrdom, as well as their attitudes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These ideologies are presented in their own words, thanks to the author's extensive translations and commentary of primary sources in Arabic, including the writings of the Islamic Jihad, al-Jama'a al-Islamiya, Hizbal-Tahrir al-Islami, Hamas and the Islamic Movement. The book studies the attitudes of these organisations towards the fundamental issues surrounding Jihad, including the concept of personal obligation, the relationship of the movement to the peace agreements and attitudes towards Jews expressed in the movement's writings. Exploring the basic theories of sacrifice and analysing modern day Palestinian society, it promotes a greater understanding of the religious angle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The book will be of interest to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, Jewish Studies, Political Islam and Terrorism & Political Violence.
Shaul Bartal served extensively in various security capacities in the West Bank. He is a Lecturer on Palestinian Affairs at Bar-Ilan University.
Introduction Part I: The Jihad Way in Palestine 1 Virtues of the Shahid and Holy Death 2 Factions of the Muslim Brotherhood 3 Islam and Palestine: The Philosophy of the Islamic Jihad 4 Al-Jamia Al-Islamiya 5 Hizb At-Tahrir Al-Islami Arises Part II: Studies of Jihad Philosophy 6 Negotiations from the Islamic Point of View 7 The Struggle Over the Al-Aqsa Mosque Afterword