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The Rise of Hamas In Palestine and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World

The Rise of Hamas In Palestine and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World

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The Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections in January 2006 has more often than not been explained as the result of rampant corruption within the Fatah leadership, poor management by Fatah of the election campaign, and extreme divisiveness within its own ranks. This was contrasted with Hamas, which was seen as honest, well organized, and united. In this essay, historian Asher Susser argues that while these explanations are unquestionably relevant, they miss a key historical process that is at work: The rise of Hamas as part of a regional phenomenon of secularism in crisis, whereby secularizing Arab and Palestinian nationalism is in decline while Islamist politics is on the rise. Using Hamas’ rise as a starting point, Prof. Susser examines the crisis of secularism in the Palestinian and the broader Middle Eastern context.
The Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections in January 2006 has more often than not been explained as the result of rampant corruption within the Fatah leadership, poor management by Fatah of the election campaign, and extreme divisiveness within its own ranks. This was contrasted with Hamas, which was seen as honest, well organized, and united. In this essay, historian Asher Susser argues that while these explanations are unquestionably relevant, they miss a key historical process that is at work: The rise of Hamas as part of a regional phenomenon of secularism in crisis, whereby secularizing Arab and Palestinian nationalism is in decline while Islamist politics is on the rise. Using Hamas’ rise as a starting point, Prof. Susser examines the crisis of secularism in the Palestinian and the broader Middle Eastern context.

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Published by: Crown Center for Middle East Studies on Mar 15, 2010
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The Rise of hamasin PalesTine
and the Crisis of seCularismin the arab World
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Brandeis University Crown Center or Middle East StudiesEssay Series February 2010
 
Editor 
 Naghmeh Sohrabi
Consulting Editor 
Robert L. Cohen
Production Manager 
Benjamin Rostoker
Designer 
 John McCoy 
Crown Essay Series 
Tis is the rst in our latest publication series, the Crown Essays. Tesemonograph-length commentaries are intended to oster debate oncontemporary issues related to the Middle East. Based on works o scholarship,this series allows or the authors to engage with and contribute to importantissues in the region in an essay ormat.
Submission Guidelines 
Crown Essays primarily reect but are not limited to the scholarship o Crown Center aculty and research ellows. For submission guidelines andother questions, please contact crowncenter@brandeis.edu.Copyright © 2010 Crown Center or Middle East Studies, BrandeisUniversity. All rights reserved.Te views expressed in the Crown Essays belong solely to the author and donot necessarily reect those o the Crown Center or Middle East Studies orBrandeis University. 
Crown Essays 
(ISBN): 978-0-9844714-0-9
 
 
Table of ConTenTs
Introduction 11. Te Crisis o Secularism 82. Islamizing rends in the Arab East (
 Mashriq 
) 233. Te Political Shit in Palestine 41 Conclusion 56Endnotes 59 Works Cited 71

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