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Caridi, P. (2012) Hamas: From Resistance to Government, Seven Stories Press, 2012, 416 pages.

Starting with a brief history and politics of the region, Paola Caridi discussed the origin of Hamas, the planned two-state solution, and the massive numbers of suicide attacks. It also explains the reason behind Hamas' victory in 2006 elections and the changes required by the government to consider the reactions of the streets, provided the basic origin of the group. In this book Palestine is considered in the framework of the worldwide community, from its turbulent association with Israel, to challenging political division and towards its reputation for U.S and Arab states. Although the title may advocate the author thinks the group has attained authority, he never supports the aggression that has escorted many states to tag Hamas a terrorist group. With methodical endnotes, comprehensive Dramatis Personae, and an rationalized section to concentrate on the political circumstances since the first publication of the book in Italian in 2009, this book is informative and timely.

Gunning, J. Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence. Columbia University Press, 2008, 320 pages.

In this book, Jeroen Gunning, lecturer in the Department of International Politics, the University of Wales, has presented an inquisitive account of success of Hamas in the political field arguing it is not necessary for violence, religion and democracy to be contrary. The book has avoided declaring Hamas as a terrorist organization or portraying it as the presenter of democracy and peace. The book provides a valuable account of social sciences to it readers set on in separate chapters to define the roots of Hamas, its structure, political attitude and values and its clashes with Israel, Fatah and others. This book is considered to be a firm account on Hamas because it grounds on field research and reflects other scholarly articles which describes the transmission of power from unfamiliar to native rule. In order to support his arguments, the author has conducted interviews from Hamas members and their critics and also observed the group for more than a decade before writing this peace. Gunning suggests that rather than questioning the endorsing capabilities of Hamas for democracy or conditions for bargained agreement, it would be batter to know the conditions under which Hamas may become more democratic and is likely to progress towards such settlements.

Levitt, M. Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad. Yale University Press, 2006, 336 pages.

The book is written by Matthew Levitt, a deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analyst at the United States Treasury Department. Describing Hamas as a terrorist organization which uses its widespread helpful and educational activities to endorse its primary aim that is to drown Israel into the sea is the main theme of this book. The author wanted to demolish the myth that Hamas is comprise of separate political and military wings rather according to him Hamas has only one leadership that runs every matter. To prove his argument he used Treasury and F.B.I analyses and the efforts it ...
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