01/10/2014 - Qantara
Not as well-known as Fatah or Hamas, the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (PIJ) is a central actor on the Palestinian political scene. In many respects, however, it remains evasive.
Retracing the PIJ's prolific history since the 1970s, the authors show how a handful of young Palestinian intellectuals have mobilized referents that are at first glance incompatible, nationalism and Islamism, and put them at the service of the Palestinian cause. In doing this, Dot-Pouillard and Rébillard recount the underground history of the national Palestinian movement, moving aside the usual framework for an original reading of the relations between the revolutionary left and political Islam.
Wissam al-Hajj is an independent journalist. A Palestinian who resides in Paris, he collaborates with various Arabic and French media.
Nicolas Dot-Pouillard, who holds a doctorate from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), is a researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Beyrouth (Liban). He is the author of Tunisie. La révolution et ses passés (Iremmo/L’Harmattan, 2013).
Eugénie Rébillard is a specialist in Arabic with a doctorate in history who works at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Director of research at the CNRS, Olivier Roy is one of the world's greatest specialists in political Islam.