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4.0 out of 5 stars the insight of the struggle, 3 May 2012
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the book offers the best written avccount on Hamas that goes from their political ideology, their inside and outside striggle, their tactics, and so on.... there is even a chapter dedicated to women and their participation to the struggle in the form of suicide bombers. it is a real starting point of engagement with the movement and its wrighting flows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fair minded account of Hamas, 15 Jun 2011
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This is an excellent account of the rise and politics of Hamas and the history of 'Islamism' in Palestine.

It's well written in a snappy journalistic style, which I assume the book owes to Michael Farrell, which makes for a good read.

The authors try, and in my opinion succeed, in taking a neutral stance towards Hamas and present evidence in a fashion to enable the reader to make his/her own judgements.

Controversial topics are dealt with fairly and sensitively. 'Suicide'/'martyr' missions are a case in point, the authors showing how they fit into the conflict and give space to Hamas' rationalisation of the tactic which compensates for the relative absence of such views in mainstream media.

The Hamas takeover of Gaza wasn't as strongly dealt with, in my opinion, although, again, enough balanced information is there for the reader to decide.

The issue of Qassem rockets and the Israeli blockade is well balanced although more information on the effects of the blockade on civilians would have been appreciated.

The main new thing that I learned was that Israel did favour Hamas in it's early guises as part of an attempt to divide the Palestinian camp.

The overall picture one is left with is that Hamas, with it's roots back in the revolt of Izz al Din al Qassem back in the 1930's, is completely embedded in the Palestinian resistance and is not going to disappear any time soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Page Turner!!, 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: Hamas: The Islamic Resistance Movement (Paperback)
This was possibly the most enlightening book I have read in my lifetime! It lifted the veil on what I previously perceived as a complex political situation. It is written in straightforward, no nonsense style and is a true page turner.
I am so thrilled I took the time to read this book and must pass on my most sincere congratulations to the writers.Hamas: The Islamic Resistance Movement
I recommend it whole heartedly to anyone and everyone in search of a deeper knowledge of "Hamas".
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Hamas: The Islamic Resistance Movement by Stephen Farrell (Paperback - 1 May 2010)
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