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Hamas's overwhelming electoral victory in January 2006 transformed politics in the Middle East and shocked the world. The March 2007 meeting in Mecca that resulted in a national unity government including both Fatah and Hamas confirmed Hamas-despite its status as a terrorist organization in Israel, the US, and the EU-as a fixture in Palestinian politics. In such an environment, Azzam Tamimi's Hamas: A History from Within is a vital book. Tamimi's longtime relationships and extensive interviews with Hamas's leading members allow him to create a more intimate portrait of Hamas, in its own words and from its own members, than has yet been available in English. This is an unmediated history of Hamas, from its origins among the Muslim Brotherhood in the first intifada, to today, illuminating the organization's perspective on the problems with and authority of its Charter, the relationship between its leadership within and outside Palestine, between its political and military wings, as well as the possibility of hudna (long-term truce) with Israel.

A grass-roots organization that commands wide respect among Palestinians for its incorruptibility, Hamas is divided into two main sections: one is responsible for establishing schools, hospitals and religious institutions; the other for military action and terror attacks carried out by its armed underground wing the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

One must understand Hamas in order to understand the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Hamas: A History from Within provides an unrivalled account of Hamas's history, structure, and objectives, largely in its own words.

Review:

"In this trenchant history spanning from the first days of the 1987 intifada to the sweeping democratic victory of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Palestinian elections of January 2006, London-based scholar Tamimi argues that seeing Hamas as merely another face of Al Qaeda obscures more than it elucidates. A successor to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas comes out of a transnational Islamic reform movement that grew among Palestinians in the 1970s, largely in reaction to Arab nationalism's failure to champion the Palestinian cause. Increasingly, against a string of failed peace processes and the corruption and concessions of the PLO-led secular leadership, Hamas's popular support has rested heavily on its stance as a militant resistance movement wedded to the Palestinian dream of regaining pre-1948 Palestine, and as provider of essential social services. Tamimi draws extensively on the words of insiders in carefully charting and contextualizing the development of Hamas's highly resilient organization, shifting outlook and embrace of various tactics, including the offer of a truce with Israel and, most controversially, suicide bombing. Although mostly dispassionate and at times critical, this is a generally sympathetic analysis. It will be a key resource in English for any serious assessment of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Tamimi's book is the most authoritative account yet published of the origins, rise and impact of Hamas." Abdel Bari Atwan, Chief Editor, Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London)

Review:

"An excellent history, deeply researched, the story is dramatic, and Tamimi tells it well...gives access to fascinating detail." Palestine News

Review:

"This is an important book, and I encourage both Israelis and diaspora Jews to read it. As Jews, we may not necessarily agree with many of its ideas, but it is only if we gain a deeper understanding — based on our tradition of respect for the other — of the Islamists' agenda that will we have a chance to transform the Palestine-Israel conflict and discover a common desire to bring an end to violence." Gabrielle Rifkind, Specialist in Conflict Resolution and Human Security

Book News Annotation:

The shock generated in the United States and Israel when the grassroots Islamist organization Hamas won a sweeping electoral victory in the Palestinian elections of January 2006 was no doubt partly a result of the over-simplified and stereotyped view of the organization that is typical of narratives produced largely from the perspective of the US and Israeli governments. Tamimi (Institute of Islamic Political Thought, UK) offers this analysis as a corrective, tracing the roots of the organization in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, describing the evolution of its ideology and political discourse, looking at its rivalry with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, analyzing its social and charitable activities, and describing the events that gave birth to its more militarist actions. Tamimi's treatment is well rounded and allows for a more nuanced and objective understanding of Hamas than typically found in the United States. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

One must understand Hamas in order to understand the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Hamas: A History from Within provides an unrivalled account of Hamas's history, structure, and objectives, largely in its own words.

Synopsis:

Hamas won an overwhelming electoral victory in January 2006, overturning many assumptions regionally and globally. Branded as terrorist by Israel and the West, it is the largest Palestinian militant Islamist organization, formed at the beginning of the first intifada. Its short-term objective is to drive Israeli forces from the West Bank and Gaza. It also has the long-term aim of establishing an Islamic state throughout historic Palestine. A grass-roots organization that commands wide respect among Palestinians for its incorruptibility, Hamas is divided into two main sections: one is responsible for establishing schools, hospitals and religious institutions; the other for military action and terror attacks carried out by its armed underground wing the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades. This book charts the origins of Hamas among the Muslim Brotherhood, details the influence of its exiled leadership in Syria and elsewhere, and sets out its internal structure and political objectives.

About the Author

Azzam Tamimi is founder of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in London and author of Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islamism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566566896
Author:
Tamimi, Azzam
Publisher:
Olive Branch Press
Author:
Tamimi, Azzam S.
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
History
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyah - History
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
8.94x6.34x1.10 in. 1.27 lbs.

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Product details 372 pages Olive Branch Press - English 9781566566896 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this trenchant history spanning from the first days of the 1987 intifada to the sweeping democratic victory of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Palestinian elections of January 2006, London-based scholar Tamimi argues that seeing Hamas as merely another face of Al Qaeda obscures more than it elucidates. A successor to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas comes out of a transnational Islamic reform movement that grew among Palestinians in the 1970s, largely in reaction to Arab nationalism's failure to champion the Palestinian cause. Increasingly, against a string of failed peace processes and the corruption and concessions of the PLO-led secular leadership, Hamas's popular support has rested heavily on its stance as a militant resistance movement wedded to the Palestinian dream of regaining pre-1948 Palestine, and as provider of essential social services. Tamimi draws extensively on the words of insiders in carefully charting and contextualizing the development of Hamas's highly resilient organization, shifting outlook and embrace of various tactics, including the offer of a truce with Israel and, most controversially, suicide bombing. Although mostly dispassionate and at times critical, this is a generally sympathetic analysis. It will be a key resource in English for any serious assessment of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Tamimi's book is the most authoritative account yet published of the origins, rise and impact of Hamas."
"Review" by , "An excellent history, deeply researched, the story is dramatic, and Tamimi tells it well...gives access to fascinating detail."
"Review" by , "This is an important book, and I encourage both Israelis and diaspora Jews to read it. As Jews, we may not necessarily agree with many of its ideas, but it is only if we gain a deeper understanding — based on our tradition of respect for the other — of the Islamists' agenda that will we have a chance to transform the Palestine-Israel conflict and discover a common desire to bring an end to violence."
"Synopsis" by , One must understand Hamas in order to understand the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Hamas: A History from Within provides an unrivalled account of Hamas's history, structure, and objectives, largely in its own words.
"Synopsis" by , Hamas won an overwhelming electoral victory in January 2006, overturning many assumptions regionally and globally. Branded as terrorist by Israel and the West, it is the largest Palestinian militant Islamist organization, formed at the beginning of the first intifada. Its short-term objective is to drive Israeli forces from the West Bank and Gaza. It also has the long-term aim of establishing an Islamic state throughout historic Palestine. A grass-roots organization that commands wide respect among Palestinians for its incorruptibility, Hamas is divided into two main sections: one is responsible for establishing schools, hospitals and religious institutions; the other for military action and terror attacks carried out by its armed underground wing the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades. This book charts the origins of Hamas among the Muslim Brotherhood, details the influence of its exiled leadership in Syria and elsewhere, and sets out its internal structure and political objectives.
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