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Hamas: Unwritten Chapters [Paperback]

Azzam Tamimi
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22 Nov 2006
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 organisation, formed fifteen years ago at the beginning of the first intifada. Its short-term objective is to drive Israeli forces from the West Bank and Gaza, an aim it hopes to realise through attacks on Israeli troops and settlers in the Occupied Territories and-more controversially--n civilians. It also has the long-term aim of establishing an Islamic state on all of historic Palestine. In the post-Oslo world, Hamas gained power and influence as Israel steadily destroyed the power structure of the avowedly secular Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority. A grass-roots organisation that commands wide respect among Palestinians for its incorruptibility, Hamas is divided into two main sections, one 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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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (22 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185065834X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850658344
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'provides facts on Hamas' struggle in Palestine from real sources
in the organisatiion.' -- Malaysian National News Agency

'Tamimi's book is the most authoritative account yet published of
the origins, rise and impact of Hamas.' -- Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief, Al-Quds Al-Arabi

'an excellent history, deeply researched, the story is dramatic,
and Tamimi tells it well... gives access to fascinating detail.' -- Victoria Brittain, Palestine News, Winter 2006

'provides facts on Hamas' struggle in Palestine from real sources
in the organisatiion.' -- Malaysian National News Agency, 19 November 2006

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 (Oxford University Press, 2001).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well-thought out book 17 May 2009
Provides a balanced look on the views and recent history of Hamas. While describing the political contexts and major players during recent significant events . In summary, a very good book with an insight into an important organisation in the region.
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