The Palestinian Hamas

Vision, Violence, and Coexistence, With a New Introduction

Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela

Columbia University Press

The Palestinian Hamas

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Pub Date: October 2006

ISBN: 9780231140072

280 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $32.00£25.00

Pub Date: October 2006

ISBN: 9780231140065

280 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $90.00£70.00

The Palestinian Hamas

Vision, Violence, and Coexistence, With a New Introduction

Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela

Columbia University Press

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 methods at each of the crucial crossroads it has confronted: the Intifada and the struggle with the PLO, the Oslo accords and the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority, and the choice between absolute jihad against Israel and controlled violence. Now with a new introduction, this book does much to contextualize the current ascendancy of this controversial movement.
Clearly the best book on the subject. David Remnick, editor in chief of the New Yorker
Two Israeli scholars weigh in with a provocative argument that runs counter to much of the false received wisdom on the subject.... A convincing intervention in the public debate regarding Hamas—a debate that is mainly dominated by the group's demonization. Rashid Khalidi, author of Palestinian Identity
This work makes a significant and long overdue contribution to scholarship on Hamas and Islamist groups.... Mishal and Sela have made here an excellent contribution to the field with a thoughtful, analytical, and well-documented case study which goes far in revealing a realist, 'de-demonized' Hamas. Middle East Journal
This book does much to contextualize this controversial political movement. Interaction
A necessary read. Sanford R. Silverburg, Digest of Middle East Studies
Preface
Preface to the 2006 Edition
1. Social Roots and Institutional Development
2. Dogmas and Dilemmas
3. Controlled Violence
4. Coexistence Within Conflict
5. Calculated Participation
6. Patterns of Adjustment: Opportunities and Constraints
Appendix 1: Hamas's Internal Structure
Appendix 2: The Charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Shaul Mishal is professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and director of the Institute for Israeli Arab Studies.

Avraham Sela is professor of Middle Eastern studies in the Department of International Relations and research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.