Gaza Under Hamas (inbunden)
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Winner of Palestine Book Award 2020 (UK)
I.B. Tauris
Ranstorp, Magnus (introd.)
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Gaza Under Hamas

From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2016-12-22
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Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by Israel, the EU, the USA and the UN. It has made itself notorious for its violent radicalism and uncompromising rejection of the Jewish state. So after its victory in the 2006 elections the world was watching. How would Hamas govern? Could an Islamist group without any experience of power - and with an unwavering ideology - manage to deal with day-to-day realities on the ground? Bjorn Brenner investigates what happened after the elections and puts the spotlight on the people over whom Hamas rules, rather than on its ideas. Lodging with Palestinian families and experiencing their daily encounters with Hamas, he offers an intimate perspective of the group as seen through local eyes. The book is based on hard-to-secure interviews with a wide range of key political and security figures in the Hamas administration, as well as with military commanders and members of the feared Qassam Brigades. Brenner has also sought out those that Hamas identifies as local trouble makers: the extreme Salafi-Jihadis and members of the now more quiescent mainstream Fatah party led by Mahmoud Abbas. The book provides a new interpretation of one of the most powerful forces in the Israel-Palestine arena, arguing that the Gazan Islamists carry a potential to be much more flexible and pragmatic than anticipated - if they would think they stand to gain from it. Gaza under Hamas investigates the key challenges to Hamas's authority and reveals why and in what ways ideology comes second to power consolidation.
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"In Gaza under Hamas, Bjorn Brenner provides an inside view of Hamas in power, based on extensive fieldwork alongside trenchant insights and incisive analysis. His book is an important contribution to the literature by greatly enhancing our understanding of the evolution of terrorist organizations from grassroots violence to formal governance." - Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director of Security Studies, Georgetown University. Author of Inside Terrorism, "This is one of the rare books about Hamas that manages to be both balanced and insightful. Based on a broad range of primary sources, this in-depth study of Gaza under Hamas rule provides as full and comprehensive a picture as possible. A must-read for scholars, students, and diplomats alike!" - Peter Neumann, Professor of Security Studies at the War Studies Department, King's College London; Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, "Bjorn Brenner provides a well-researched, timely and extensive account of Hamas's complex approach to governance, also offering a very interesting portrait of life in the Gaza Strip." - Benedetta Berti, Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies; Robert A. Fox Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute; TED Senior Fellow, 'For academic researchers, policy makers, NGOs and broader civil society members interested in Islamist experiences and practices of governance this is a must read. The book not only helps address many misconceived notions about the challenges which Hamas has faced since it was elected in 2006 but it also assists readers in nuancing the particular context in which such a case of Islamist governance actually operates.' - Michelle Pace, Professor of Politics and International Studies, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University; Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham

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Bjorn Brenner is Lecturer at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm and Research Fellow at Institut francais du Proche-Orient in Amman, Jordan. He holds a doctorate in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Gothenburg and an MA in Political Science from Uppsala University. He is the author of numerous articles on Palestinian and Israeli politics and is a frequently appearing commentator in the media on Middle Eastern affairs.


Preface Foreword by Magnus Ranstorp Glossary of terms 1. Islamists in power by democratic means 9 2. Rising to power and relating to the opposition 24 3. A change in the political order: Taking over Gaza 38 4. Violent radicalisation and the emergence of splinter groups 54 5. De-radicalisation of Islamists by Islamists 64 6. Social order in the midst of political chaos 81 7. The new political order and the judicial system 93 8. Islamist governance Hamas style 109 Notes Select bibliography Index