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The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence, and Coexistence

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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 met ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Columbia University Press (first published March 28th 2000)
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Jul 21, 2007 david-baptiste rated it 5 of 5 stars
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this is an excellent book by two israeli scholar/journalist/writers--in that it demystifies and debunks the demonized images of hamas--which in reality functions much more like the social and politicl networks of aspects of the Blak Panthers--hamas wa elected due to its ability to provide services, food, clean streets, medecine, keep the society functionl and fre from the rampant corruption associated with the PLO and the fatah--(poeple forget that hamas was begun with israeli backing as a count ...more
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 this or something similar to get a basic understanding about the tension between Fatah and Hamas in the Occupied Territories today. The authors rely heavily on flyers produced from the organization during its early years to interpret political meaning at this time. But with such a clandestine, di ...more
Very, very dry reading--wayyyy too academic for even the specialized reader. This movement is fascinating--why can't the writer bring it to life?
May 17, 2009 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katie by: Shaul Mishal
Shelves: class-readings
Only read it for the history of the group and if you're interested in the topic . . .
Good intro to Hamas.
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