Religion and politics in Palestine

The case of Hamas

Authored by: Benedetta Berti

The Routledge Handbook to Religion and Political Parties

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138500464
eBook ISBN: 9781351012478
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The chapter aims to unpack the complex relationship between ideology and political practices in armed-political organisations by analysing how Hamas’s public theology has shaped the group’s political agenda and behaviour as an armed group, a political party and a socio-political movement. Here, ‘ideology’ is defined as the ‘reflection and implications of a religion in the activities that take place in the common space, including political and social life’ (Sandal, 2012: 69). Overall, the chapter study emphasises the modalities and impact of the processes of religious reframing and reinterpretation spurred by the organisation’s complex and extensive political role, focusing on identifying the Hamas’s efforts to strike a balance between ideology and political expediency.

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