The rise of Hamas in Palestine: and the crisis of secularism in the Arab world

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The Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections in January 2006 has more often than not been explained as the result of rampant corruption within the Fatah leadership, poor management by Fatah of the election campaign, and extreme divisiveness within its own ranks. This was contrasted with Hamas, which was seen as honest, well organized, and united. In this essay, historian Asher Susser argues that while these explanations are unquestionably relevant, they miss a key historical process that is at work: The rise of Hamas as part of a regional phenomenon of secularism in crisis, whereby secularizing Arab and Palestinian nationalism is in decline while Islamist politics is on the rise. Using Hamas' rise as a starting point, Prof. Susser examines the crisis of secularism in the Palestinian and the broader Middle Eastern context. Amazon.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWaltham, Massachusetts
PublisherBrandeis University Press
Number of pages78
ISBN (Print)0984471405, 9780984471409
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameBrandeis University Crown Center for Middle east Studies essay series ; February 2010


  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993-
  • National liberation movements -- Palestinian National Authority
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Politics and government -- 1993-


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