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Will Hamas abandon political Islam?

The decision by Tunisia's Ennahda to separate religion from politics has raised controversy within Hamas circles.

Most Islamist movements, including Hamas, adopt an ideological principle that does not separate between religion and state, because Islam addresses society’s issues, be they political, social or economic. This has given the mission of these movements a comprehensive character.

In their meetings, the Muslim Brotherhood reiterate the idea that their founder, Hassan al-Banna, uttered: “Islam’s teachings are comprehensive. They encompass the affairs of the people in this world and the next. Islam is a faith and a ritual, a nation and a nationality, a religion and a state, spirit and deed, holy text and sword.”

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