Book Bombs and ballots : governance by Islamist terrorist and guerrilla groups / Krista E. Wiegand.
Publication year: c2010.
Call Number JQ1850.A91 W54 2010
Media class: Book
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England ;Burlington, VT : Ashgate
ISBN: 9780754678915 0754678911 9780754697596 0754697592
Extent: xii, 187 p. ; 25 cm.
Eventually, most terrorist and guerrilla groups are defeated by governments or gradually die off and sometimes become political parties, democratically participating in the non-violent governance of their states. Yet other terrorist and guerrilla groups maintain military capabilities, using violence and democratic participation simultaneously to achieve their political goals. Here, Krista E. Wiegand examines the different political strategies that Islamist terrorist and guerrilla groups use to achieve their political objectives. Focusing on Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine, Wiegand skilfully reveals the factors that determine why Islamist militant groups become involved in governance as political parties, how mainstream governments may or may not accept them as legitimate, why some groups like al- Gama'a al-Islamiya in Egypt renounce guerrilla tactics, and how some groups govern while employing political violence. Bombs and Ballots is a valuable contribution to the study of state-society relations in the Middle East, exposing the blurred line between terrorist activity and governance--Publisher's description.
Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Islamist terrorist and guerrilla groups -- 2. Islamist political parties -- 3. The rationality of violence and electoral politics -- 4. Governance by former terrorist and guerrilla groups -- 5. Dual status groups -- 6. Hezbollah of Lebanon -- 7. Hamas of Palestine -- 8. The role of Islamist dual status groups in Middle East Politics.