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The Poetry of Hamas

Alshaer, Atef (2009) 'The Poetry of Hamas.' The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2 (2). pp. 214-230.

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Abstract

This article sheds light on poetry written by two of the most prominent leaders of Hamas, assassinated by Israel in 2003 and 2004, respectively: Ibrahim al-Maqadmah and Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi. Both leaders took part in the creation of Hamas and propagated its ideology in political, cultural and other fields. Poetry, being the premier form of artistic expression in the Arab world, is used by the leaders of Hamas to present their experiences in Israeli prisons, and their vision and involvement in the Palestinian struggle. The sentiments that their poetry expresses, reveal deep and nuanced cultural, political and philosophical dimensions. The poetry of Hamas can be characterized as one of commitment, suffering, pain, longing, defiance, and certainty.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media and Film Studies
Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISSN: 18739857
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1163/187398509X12476683126383
Depositing User: Atef Alshaer
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 14:48
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/14315

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