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Islamic Fundamentalism in the West Bank and Gaza: Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad (Indiana Series in Arab and Islamic Studies) Paperback – March 22, 1994
From Publishers Weekly
Though it does not include the response to the recent peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, this book is a worthwhile expert's guide to the history, strategy and thinking of the Muslim Brotherhood, noted for its political wing, Hamas, and the smaller, more purist Islamic Jihad. The two growing Islamic fundamentalist groups have been challenging the authority of the secular, nationalist PLO. Abu-Amr, a political science professor at Birzeit University on the West Bank, has a dry academic style, but he draws valuably from a range of Arabic sources and personal interviews. He charts the groups' roles in the intifada , which began in 1987, including the Muslim Brotherhood's evolution from a nonviolent group to armed resistance through Hamas. This move brought the Brotherhood closer to the previously hostile Islamic Jihad. The author concludes that the Palestinian secular tradition and the desire for pluralism may hamper the Islamic movement; but he also predicts that if the PLO fails to achieve self-determination, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which have links to a growing world Islamic movement, will continue to gain influence.
Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Abu-Amr (political science, Birzeit Univ., Israel's West Bank) traces the development of Islamic fundamentalism among the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank by examining the origins, programs, and personalities of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad. This work delineates the often tangled relationship between the largely secular PLO and the fundamentalist groups. While the PLO has concentrated on creating a secular Palestinian state, it is willing to compromise on the amount of land needed. The fundamentalists see Palestine as a step toward the creation of an Islamic state; they believe that no part of the Islamic homeland can be surrendered. The significant struggle being waged in the Middle East today may be between the secular and fundamentalist forces throughout the area, and this work is a significant addition to the literature on this topic. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.
Robert Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.