The Shura Council is a consultative body that elects Hamas's Politburo. It is comprised of members from four ‘regional’ Shuras, elected by Hamas members in Gaza, the West Bank, the diaspora, and by prisoners in Israeli jails. These regional Shuras also appoint ‘regional’ Politburos for each area.
The Shuras were initially dominated by religious figures but now also include an unknown number of political and social figures. Membership of Hamas’s Shuras is mostly kept secret.