Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices
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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

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by Mosab Hassan Yousef
     
 

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Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest sons and heir apparent of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to follow in his footsteps. But everything changed when

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Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest sons and heir apparent of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to follow in his footsteps. But everything changed when Mosab embraced the teachings of another famous Middle East leader instead. What he learned changed his life and could alter the course of his country's future - forever. In Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils she truth about his own secret role, his belief that the mandate to "love your enemies" is the only way to peace in the Middle East.

Editorial Reviews

Matthew Kaminski
“. . . a Le Carréesque thriller wrapped in a spiritual coming-of-age story . . .”
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
“ . . . offers a view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict few others could provide.”
Claudia Rosett
“reads with the page-turning ease of a great thriller.”
David Grant
“Explosive . . . a story that feels like a long-lost Abrahamic fable that has morphed into contemporary history.”
From the Publisher
The shocking true story of a Hamas insider who rejected his violent destiny—and is now risking everything to expose closely guarded secrets and show the world a way to peace.
Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son and heir apparent of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to follow in his footsteps. But everything changed when Mosab embraced the teachings of another famous Middle East leader instead. What he learned changed his life and could alter the course of his country’s future—forever. In Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own secret role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, his dangerous choices, and his belief that the mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East.
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Sean Hannity
“Fascinating book. I couldn’t put it down.”
GQ
“ . . . more incendiary than any roadside IED”
Hamas terrorist leader Osama Hamdan
“The Israelis issued this book as a kind of propaganda.”

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ISBN-13:
9781414333076
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
265
Sales rank:
307,801
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.99(d)

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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 235 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and honest perspective from the side of a son raised in devout Muslim family and how his belief changes as he sees what his Father becomes and how the leaders of the different Palestinian factions change what the true meaning of Islam is. I hope he stays safe as this was a very brave attempt to tell the world what is really going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Son of Hamas is one of the more relevant and engaging books I have read. All 251 pages are bursting with dramatic insights into the political tensions of the Middle East, without a doubt one of the current world’s most war-torn regions At its most basic, Son of Hamas is the tale of Mosab Yousef, who (as the title implies) was born to one of the seven founders of Hamas, the internationally notorious Islamic terrorist organization. The horrors he experienced as a teen pushed him away from Islam and into the arms of Israel’s intelligence agency, where for many years he supplied sensitive information on Hamas’ actions and intentions to his people’s mortal enemies. Mosab’s journey leads him deep into the mechanisms of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and how at their heart all three are more similar than anyone would like to admit. This religious theme permeates the entire book. As Mosab learns more about the people he was taught as a child to hate more than anything else, he frequently seeks understanding on why the Jewish and Islamic cultures cannot coexist. Using a mind un-blinded by senseless hate, he comes to realize the two cultures have very similar goals in mind. Throughout the book, this fact continues to manifest itself in multiple situations. Another common message of Mosab’s is the pursuit of truth. It was the clash of words and actions that initially drove him away from Hamas, and the openness of the Israelis caused him to question everything he thought to be true about the world. No longer would Mosab accept things at face value. He had to soak it in, chew on it, and think hard before choosing to believe something in a Middle Eastern world tangled in lies, propaganda and deception. This book was excellently written. Engaging, not too wordy, it efficiently portrays Mosab’s tale. Much of the book is filled with action and suspense, and when Mosab occasionally descends into philosophical and theological tangents, the message is anything but dry; in fact, it makes you think long and hard about what your impressions of the Middle East. In my honest opinion, there was nothing to not like about this story. I give it a well-earned five stars. This story will make you question your preconceived notions of Muslims, Jews, and religious conflict, and see the Middle East in a completely different light. I heartily recommend it. For those that have already read Son of Hamas, Tea with Hezbollah (Ted Dekker) is just as thought-provoking a novel about tolerance and crossing the religious border. I suggest you check into that as well. -GH
cgma More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing read. Couldn't put it down. Mosab has a wonderful testimony of bravery and sacrifice. He is an amazing individual. His commitment to Christianity and to Christ is inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing details of a young man who beat the odds at understanding his enemy.
Sharon Mozer More than 1 year ago
A very intense book that captures your attention and pulls at your emotions. Each chapter reveals the amazing courage and transformation of the brave young writer. It's a book filled with raw courage, truth, and heartache. It's an amazing read.
KB81NYC More than 1 year ago
Incredible read! Would recommend it to anyone. It was truly astonishing to read from an insiders point of view, as opposed to watching various forms of media/news in which you really can never tell what is fact or fiction. Mosab is incredibly brave for bringing his story forward and I can only hope that his tales and words will inspire the world to look deeper into the real conflicts of the world, and to move towards peace.
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To anyone who is interested in religion, the middle east conflict, or spy novels, I highly suggest reading the memoir Son of Hamas by Mosab Yousef. I chose this book because it was recommended to me by a friend; both of us are very passionate about Israel and want to get a full understanding of the Middle East Conflict by getting information from many different perspectives. And this book offers one of the most unique insights to the nature of the conflict. Mosab grew up in the West Bank, and is the son of the founder of Hamas, Hassan Yousef.He is arrested by Israelis, and while in prison he agrees to work as a spy for the Israeli Intelligence. While living his  dangerous double life, Mosab develops complex political and religious beliefs tha offer a unique perspective on the conflict and on theology as a whole. The book is both fast paced and exciting, as well as deeply profound. It made me want to learn more about Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and gave insight to a key problem in the Middle east; An ideological faction like Hamas cannot be rationed with by political or military means.  I still believe that peace is possible in the Middle east, and I believe Israel has a right to exist and that the Palestinians deserve a nation with a government that can provide them a better standard of living. But in order to reach these solutions, we must first understand the problem, and both sides must understand each other. And reading this book is a great way to begin to do so.
tuh More than 1 year ago
An inside view of the radical Islamic State. In the Koran there is no mention of love, tolerance, or individual rights. Many times in the Koran, the Muslim is told to kill the infidel. Mosab Hassan Yousef makes it clear that he recognized the horror and brutality of the Islamic religion. Thus, the reason for converting to Christianity.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Powerful book! I really found Mosab’s story of growing up the child of a founding member of Hamas fascinating! He was born in the West Bank (Israel) to a highly religious Islamic family. His father Hassan was frequently jailed by the Israelis and Mosab really had no idea why for many years. At the age of 18 Mosab, still in high school, was basically kidnapped by the Israelis, beaten and taken to an interrogation center for the Shin Bet where he was tortured and interrogated. At this time he was recruited to work for the Israeli intelligence service – so he has interesting tidbits about the various groups and people of the Middle East. But during all this spying he is also having conversations with Christians. And ultimately, through a television program, he became a Christian. So, the son of a Muslim terrorist, a Shin Bet agent has become a Christian! His hope in telling his story is that he will show his people – “Palestinian followers of Islam who have been used by corrupt regimes for hundreds of years – the the truth can set them free.” And that there is hope for the Israeli people too. I highly recommend this book to those wanting understanding of the difficulty of peace in the Middle East.
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AymTru More than 1 year ago
One of the most helpful books I've read in a long time. So many answers to so many questions. Existential and otherwise. Well written and a fascinating read on a part of history that has been rife with misinformation and shrouded in mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great inspirational story of the journey of a young man growing up in Palestine. Portays well the prejudice on all side in Israel.
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DAPM More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Very inspirational and educational. Regardless of your political or religious views, Son of Hamas provides an upclose view of the inner workings of the various factions of government and religions as well as a bette understanding of what motivates the various players within the Middle Eastern theater of war.
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