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Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence. Jeroen Gunning

Jeroen Gunning

Published May 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781850658764
Hardcover
310 pages
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In January 2006, Hamas, an organisation classified by Western governments as terrorist, was democratically elected to govern the Palestinian territories. The inherent contradictions in this situation have left many analysts at a loss. Hamas usesMoreIn January 2006, Hamas, an organisation classified by Western governments as terrorist, was democratically elected to govern the Palestinian territories. The inherent contradictions in this situation have left many analysts at a loss. Hamas uses terror tactics against Israel, yet runs on a law and order ticket in Palestinian elections- it pursues an Islamic state, yet holds internal elections- it campaigns for shariah law, yet its leaders are predominantly secular professionals- it calls for the destruction of Israel, yet has reluctantly agreed to honour previous peace agreements. In Hamas in Politics, Jeroen Gunning challenges the assumption that religion, violence and democracy are inherently incompatible and shows how many of these apparent contradictions flow from the interaction between Hamas ideology, its local constituency and the nature of politics in Israel/Palestine.