BOOK TALK: A History of Palestinian Islamic Jihad
A Thursday seminar with Erik Skare on his book A History of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is one of the most important yet least understood Palestinian armed factions, both in terms of its history and ideology. Labelled a terrorist organization by the US and the EU, it has grown to become the second largest armed movement in the Gaza Strip and the third largest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Erik Skare discusses how he traces the history of PIJ from its origins in the early 1980s to today, using a wealth of primary sources. In this book talk, he highlights how the group was established, how it has developed in theory and practice, and how it understands religion and politics. He seeks to answer the key question of why the PIJ still exist despite the presence of its more powerful sister movement Hamas. This award-winning book fills an important empirical gap in the literature on Palestinian Islamism.
Erik Skare is a researcher at the University of Oslo and an associate researcher at Sciences Po. He is the author of A History of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Cambridge University Press, 2021), for which he was awarded the Palestine Book Award, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad: Islamist Writings on Resistance and Religion (I.B. Tauris, 2021).