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

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

by Mosab Hassan Yousef, Ron Brackin (With)


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Son of Hamas is now available with an all-new chapter about events since the book’s release such as the revelation of Mosab’s Israeli intelligence handler’s true identity, and Homeland Security’s effort to deport the author.
Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son 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 assume his legacy, politics, status . . . and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader. In Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414333083
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 183,735
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Israel and the Occupied Territories ix

A Word from the Author xi

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 Captured 1

Chapter 2 The Ladder of Faith 5

Chapter 3 Muslim Brotherhood 13

Chapter 4 Throwing Stones 21

Chapter 5 Survival 31

Chapter 6 A Hero's Return 39

Chapter 7 Radical 45

Chapter 8 Fanning the Flames 49

Chapter 9 Guns 61

Chapter 10 The Slaughterhouse 67

Chapter 11 The Offer 77

Chapter 12 Number 823 87

Chapter 13 Trust No One 95

Chapter 14 Riot 105

Chapter 15 Damascus Road 113

Chapter 16 Second Intifada 125

Chapter 17 Undercover 135

Chapter 18 Most Wanted 147

Chapter 19 Shoes 155

Chapter 20 Torn 165

Chapter 21 The Game 173

Chapter 22 Defensive Shield 185

Chapter 23 Supernatural Protection 193

Chapter 24 Protective Custody 201

Chapter 25 Saleh 211

Chapter 26 A Vision for Hamas 223

Chapter 27 Good-Bye 233

Epilogue 243

Postscript 247

The Players 253

Glossary 257

Time Line 261

Endnotes 263

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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 241 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.
Savagemalloy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit too much Christian propaganda
bsiemens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I think I have mixed feelings about the book, I should not forget the obviously mixed feelings that the author has about the life that he found himself born into. It's worth a read because it presents a perspective about the Middle East that we never hear. And yes, there is controversy surrounding this author.
CarolynSchroeder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a true and remarkable story about one the author being born into the Islamic Hamas Palestinian group and following his Father through its highest ranks. However, he soon becomes an Israeli informant when he can no longer justify and sit by and watch the cruelty and death caused by Hamas, all in the conflicted (and often misinterpreted) name of Islam. Yousef is unbelievably brave to have taken the chances he did but in doing so, he saved countless lives. He also lead a very, very lonely life to do so. This is by no means a well written memoir, it suffers there, but the story is very well worth reading. This is the first source ever that actually made me understand, at its core, what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about and why efforts at peace continue to fail. I learned a LOT. This is a quick read that often feels like fiction due to how remarkable the author's life was. My only other complaint is that it is kind of a "Bible thumper" regarding the authors conversion to Christianity and that got a bit tiresome. While it may have been the author's salvation, it seems patently unrealistic that it will be the solution to the problems in the Middle East (what he seems to suggest). But he lost his family and everything he knew to stand for peace and loving people not like ourselves (not a spoiler, he leads in with that); and that is just amazing. He is a quiet hero in a big, ongoing war/conflict.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book would be better than it actually was. The narrative just didn't flow well (probably because the author's native language isn't English), so it felt like I was slogging through the chapters instead of actually enjoying the book. The author did have some interesting insights into the Palestine-Israel conflict, especially considering that he is the son of one of Hamas' founders.I really became disinterested in the tale when the author converted to Christianity, however. It's all fine and good that he did, but he doesn't seem to have much knowledge about his new faith. He keeps telling the readers how bloody and angry Allah is, but if he's read the bible in its entirety, surely he'd realize that the Christian god is very similar. And when he talked about how some Christian tore apart the Qu'ran by exposing how it contradicted itself and science, I had to laugh. The bible doesn't fare any better to such scrutiny.I was hoping that, as an atheist, I'd still be able to get something from this book instead of being preached to, but in the end, I really didn't.
Batyariyah More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! The author gave such a unique prospective to the Israel-Arab conflict as well as a different view of role the USA plays in the whole conflict. It is definitely a must read!
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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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