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Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations in Beirut has published a new Arabic book entitled “Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas: Studies of Thought and Experience.” The book is authored by a select of experts specialized in the Palestinian issue in addition to contributions by five Hamas leaders. The 672-page book is edited by Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh.

The book is divided into two parts; the first of which includes 11 refereed studies regarding Hamas and its experience. The articles present a historical overview of the emergence of Hamas and its development as one of the most important Palestinian resistance movements, and as a movement which enjoys wide popularity in Palestinian circles, as well as one which adopts Islam as a creed and methodology. The studies tackle Hamas’ political vision and its stance towards Israel, the peace process and Palestinian factions. They also present Hamas’ perspective towards political and social reform as well as the Movement’s relations on the Arab, Islamic and international levels.

>> Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas: Studies of Thought and Experience (Arabic)  (647 pages, 5.76 MB)
Publication information:


Title: Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah Hamas: Dirasat fi al-Fikr wa al-Tajrubah (Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas: Studies of Thought and Experience)
Edited by: Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh

Published in: 2014 (1st Edition)

Hardcover: 672 pages

Price: $25


The other part of the book includes contributions by five senior Hamas leaders attempting to answer a miscellany of questions regarding different issues appertaining to the Movement. A study by Khalid Mish’al, head of Hamas Political Bureau, which is entitled “Hamas: Milestones in Thought and Experience.” A second study entitled “Hamas: A Reading in the Vision and Governance Experience” is contributed by Isma‘il Haniyyah, deputy head of Hamas Political Bureau and head of the Gaza caretaker government. Usama Hamdan has also addressed “Hamas’ International Relations,” while Sami Khatir, a member of Hamas Political Bureau discussed “Hamas’ Perspective on Managing the Conflict with the Zionist Enemy.”

The book includes an appendix of major documents related to Hamas and its experience since the issuance of its charter in 1987 until the memorandum of enforcement of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas (Al-Shati’ Agreement) in 2014 besides a number of important documents issued between the two years.

The book took around three years for its completion while taking into account keeping all its data and information up-to-date.

The book has tried to maintain two principles, the first of which is the commitment to methods of scientific research and subsequent requirements of accuracy, objectivity and documentation. The second is the attempt to present Hamas as it really is, whether by the contributions of specialized researches, who are well informed of Hamas and its experience; or by the contributions of Hamas leaders, who have addressed a number of issues and presented a more comprehensive picture of the Movement.

This book is indeed one of the most specialized references regarding Hamas thought and experience, and it is an indispensible source for those interested in studying the Movement and understanding it.


 Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas: Studies of Thought and Experience
 Title     Author    English   Arabic 
 –  First Pages (Table of Contents, introduction, etc.)  –    Click Here
(22 pages, 1.2 MB)
 One     The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas): An Overview of Its Experience & History 1987–2005  Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh ClickHere
(32 pages,1.05 MB)
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(42 pages, 1.1 MB)
 Two  Hamas’s Political Vision  Prof. Yusuf Rizqa     Click Here
(40 pages, 285 KB)
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(50 pages, 1.1 MB)
 Three  Hamas’ Conceptualization of the Other: Its Stance towards Judaism, Jews, Zionism, Zionists and Israel  Prof.   Mustafa Abu Sway  Click Here
(12 pages, 652 KB)
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(18 pages, 815 KB)
 Four  Hamas Stance Towards the Palestine Liberation Organization & its Factions  Prof. Ahmad Said Nufal and Dr. Mohsen Moh’d Saleh    Click Here
(54 pages, 1.1 MB)
 Five  Hamas Stance Towards the Palestinian Islamic Movements  Mr. Sameeh Hammoudeh       Click Here
(38 pages, 871 KB)
 Six   Hamas and the Peace Process  Dr. Raed Nua’irat    Click Here
(38 pages, 916 KB)
 Seven     Hamas’s Vision for Political and Social Reform in Palestine  Dr. Hafez Alkarmi    Click Here
(38 pages, 963 KB)
 Eight  Hamas and the Arab World  Dr. Adnan Abu Amer       Click Here
(48 pages, 952 KB)
 Nine  Hamas and the Muslim World:
The Relationship with Turkey and Iran
 Prof. Talal ‘Atrissi    Click Here
(52 pages, 1.1 MB)
 Ten  Hamas in Power: A Study of Its Ideology and Policies, 2006–2012  Dr. Ishtiaq Hossain
and Mr. Belal Shobaki
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(48 pages, 1.2 MB)
 Eleven  Hamas in Western Academic Literature  Yusuf Abu al-Saud Click Here
(19 pages, 699 KB)
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(28 pages, 878 KB)
 Twelve  Hamas: Milestones in Thought and Experience   Khalid Mish‘al    Click Here
(28 pages, 784 KB)
 Thirteen  Hamas: An Overview of Its Vision
& Experience in Power
 Isma‘il Haniyyah    Click Here
(18 pages, 748 KB)
 Fourteen  Hamas: An Overview & Evaluation of the Experience  Dr. Musa Abu Marzuq    Click Here
(24 pages, 786 KB)
 Fifteen  Hamas’s Vision for Managing the Conflict with the “Zionist Enemy”  Sami Khatir    Click Here
(16 pages, 762 KB)
 Sixteen  Hamas Foreign Relations  Usama Hamdan    Click Here
(24 pages, 785 KB)
 – Appendix: Documents  –   Click Here
(118 pages, 1.6 MB)
 –  Full book: Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas: Studies of Thought and Experience      Click Here
(647 pages, 5.76 MB)

Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, 5/9/2014
Last Update: 23/7/2015