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Islamic politics in Palestine /
Beverley Milton-Edwards.
London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 1996.
xiii, 256 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 1996.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Beverley Milton-Edwards is Reader in Middle East Politics at The Queen's Univorsity, Belfast.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
The growth of fundamentalist Islam among the Palestinians is a topic of increasing interest and relevance. The author (Queen's Univ., Belfast) argues that this phenomenon has intensified in the past 15 years, and especially since the intifada began at the end of 1987. Unfortunately, Milton-Edwards's apologetic approach to fundamentalists nullifies much of the benefit of her research. "Islamic groups," she argues, "have engaged largely in activities which promote the peaceful transformation of society." As for the terrorism conducted by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, she seeks to throw "some light on the logic of [their] political violence." Also, she makes mistakes small and large, from getting the date of the Six Day War wrong (by six days, coincidentally) to an inaccurate title (where is the place called Palestine?). In all, little here improves on Ziad Abu-Amr's Islamic Fundamentalism in the West Bank and Gaza (CH, Jul'94), which remains the standard account. Graduate; faculty. D. Pipes Middle East Quarterly
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Drawing on extensive interviews with Palestinian and Jordanian Islamists, primary sources and historical records, this book looks at the revival of Islamic politics in Palestine, and examines the motives of the fundamentalists.
Main Description
Palestinian Islamists are regularly in the headlines, mainly for their violent attempts to undermine the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Who are these people, what motivates them and how did they become such a powerful force? Drawing on interviews with Palestinian and Jordanian Islamists, primary sources and historical records, this work provides some answers, and challenges prevailing theories of Islamic resurgence. The book argues that the contemporary revival of Islamic politics in Palestine occurred much later than in other countries of the Middle East and explores the reason for this lag. It also traces Israel's initial encouragement of political Islam as a rival force to the PLO and its subsequent growth into a movement which now defies all Israeli attempts to crush it and presents a formidable challenge to the PLO's claim to determine the future of the Palestinian people.
Table of Contents
Acronymsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Roots of Struggle in Palestinep. 10
Turbulent Times: 1948-67 in the West Bank and Gaza Stripp. 36
The Six Day War and the First Decade of Israeli Occupation (1967-76)p. 73
The Second Decade of Occupation (1977-86): the Rise of Islamp. 103
The Intifada and the Peace Process: Islamic Challenge or Nationalist Victory?p. 144
Islamic Palestinian Solutionsp. 181
Epiloguep. 211
Chronology of Islamic Politics in Palestinep. 222
Notesp. 226
Select Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 248
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