HAMAS – A Beginner’s Guide (Khaled Hroub)

HAMAS - A Beginner

‘This book could not be timelier. Khaled Hroub expertly answers every important question about Hamas and insightfully explains its ideology, organisation and appeal. Concise, lucid and invaluable.’ James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The U.S. views Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Yet, to the great surprise of many, Hamas swept to victory in the 2006 Palestinian Authority elections. Hamas is now a democratically elected political party and the West need to engage with it more seriously if there is to be peace in the Middle East.

This is the first beginner’s guide to this controversial political organisation. Explaining the reasons for Hamas’s success, this book provides the key facts that are so often missing from conventional news reports. It’s a one-stop guide that gives a clear overview of Hamas’s history, key beliefs, and its political agenda.

Written by a leading Al-Jazeera journalist and Cambridge academic, this unique book provides a refreshing perspective that gets to the heart of the reasons behind Hamas’s victory. It is the first essential step towards a better understanding of the challenges and surprises that the future may hold.

Khaled Hroub is a Palestinian, born into a refugee camp in Bethlehem, and now part of the diaspora of educated intellectuals. Hroub is currently director of the Arab Media Project at Cambridge University, hosts a weekly book review programme for Al-Jazeera TV, and has written three previous books.

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