The History of Hamas is an account of the PalestinianIslamistfundamentalist socio-political organization with an associated paramilitary force, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.Sela, Avraham. "Hamas." The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East. Ed. Sela. New York: Continuum, 2002. pp. 335–342. Hamas () Ḥamās is an acronym of حركة المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamat al-Islāmiyyah, meaning "Islamic Resistance Movement".
Hamas was established in 1987, and has its origins in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, which had been active in the Gaza Strip since the 1950s and gained influence through a network of mosques and various charitable and social organizations. In... Read More