The political thought of the Islamic Resistance Movement – HAMAS

Publisher MEMO Publishers
Published May 31, 2013
Paperback 88 Pages
Language English
ISBN 978-1907433153

What is Hamas’s philosophy and vision for liberation? Why doesn’t it recognise Israel despite intense international pressure to do so? How does it view the PLO? Does it have scope for flexibility given its immutable principles?

These are just a few of the questions that continually crop up and struggle to find adequate address in western discourse on the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas. This book offers an authoritative answer to these questions and more.

It examines the Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and humanitarian roles in the quest for liberation; the extent to which that vision is influenced by the reality of political division; and the incoherence and fragmentation that dominates the Arab reality. It also clarifies Hamas’ position towards the prevailing alliances and blocs, how the movement views them and how ethnic and sectarian plurality can be employed to serve the struggle for freedom.

** Please note that this book was not a collaboration with Hamas or Khaled Meshaal. Khaled Meshaal has been listed as an author, due to him authoring Hamas’ policies. The publication produced by MEMO Publishers is our analysis and compilation of statements and policy documents published by Hamas, independent of MEMO Publishers. **

Edited by


Dr Daud Abdullah

Daud Abdullah is a well-known British academic, and political and social commentator. He writes and lectures on issues relating to Middle Eastern and British politics, Islam, and Muslim-Western relations. Dr Abdullah received his BA in history from the University of Guyana in 1981 before completing a PhD in History at the University of Khartoum in...

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Khaled Meshaal

Khaled Meshaal is a Palestinian leader and has been the head of the Islamic Resistance Movemennt, Hamas' political bureau since 1996. He was born in 1956 in the West Bank village of Silwad and has lived in exile since the Six-Day War of 1967. Meshaal joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1971 and following the official...

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