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Author Dunning, Tristan, author.

Title Hamas, jihad and popular legitimacy : reinterpreting resistance in Palestine / Tristan Dunning
Published London : Routledge, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (256 pages)
Series Routledge critical terrorism studies
Critical terrorism studies.
Contents 1. Orientalism, Islam and militancy in a post-11 September world -- 2. The 'lesser' jihad : armed resistance -- 3. Sacrifice, steadfastness and symbolism -- 4. From bombs to ballots : political jihad -- 5. Charity, community development and civilian jihad -- 6. Ideational jihad, education and Islamic values
Summary This book investigates the many faces of Hamas and examines its ongoing evolution as a resistance organisation in the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Specifically, the work interrogates Hamas'interpretation, reinterpretation and application of the twin concepts of muqawama (resistance) and jihad (striving in the name of God). The text frames the movement's capacity to accrue popular legitimacy through its evolving resistance discourses, centred on the notion of jihad, and the practical applications thereof. Moving beyond the dominant security-orientated approaches to Hamas, the book investigates the malleable nature of both resistance and jihad including their social, symbolic, political and ideational applications. The diverse interpretations of these concepts allow Hamas to function as a comprehensive social movement. Where possible, this volume attempts to privilege first-order or experiential knowledge emanating from the movement itself, its political representatives, and the Palestinian population in general. Many of these accounts were collected by the author during fieldwork in the Middle East. Not only does this work present new primary data, but it also investigates a variety of contemporary empirical events related to Palestine and the Middle East. This book offers an alternative way of viewing the movement's popular legitimacy grounded in theoretical, empirical and ethnographic terms. This book will be of much interest to students of Hamas, political violence, critical terrorism studies, Middle Eastern politics, security studies and IR in general
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 3, 2016)
Subject Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah.
Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah.
Arab-Israeli conflict.
Arab-Israeli conflict.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Politics and government.
Gaza Strip -- Politics and government.
West Bank -- Politics and government.
Gaza Strip.
West Bank.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1138308986