Explaining Political Islam: The Transformation of Palestinian Islamic Movements

As’ad A. Ghanem, Mohanad Mustafa

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This article aims to present a comprehensive explanation of the development of Islamic political movements among the Palestinians. It focuses specifically on the analysis of three Islamic movements: two that are active among the Palestinians of Israel (e.g. the 1948 territories)—the Southern Islamic movement and the Northern Islamic movement—and the Hamas movement that is active among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Through the analysis of these movements, the authors have identified three different major strategies used by the movements under consideration: The ‘politics of acceptance’ by the Southern Islamic Movement, the ‘politics of difference’ by the Northern Islamic Movement, and the ‘politics of resistance’ by Hamas. Four factors together constitute the basis for a multi-layered explanation of the different approaches adopted by political Islam: the context, the public orientation, the leaders' movements' preferences and the interpretation of the religious text.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-354
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2014

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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