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Author Roy, Sara

Title Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza : Engaging the Islamist Social Sector
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (351 pages)
Series Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Contents Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- CONTENTS -- Acknowledgments -- A Note on Language and Transliteration -- Prologue -- CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Structure, Arguments, and Conceptual Framework -- CHAPTER 2: A Brief History of Hamas and the Islamic Movement in Palestine -- CHAPTER 3: Islamist Conceptions of Civil Society -- CHAPTER 4: The Evolution of Islamist Social Institutions in the Gaza Strip: Before and during Oslo (a Sociopolitical History) -- CHAPTER 5: Islamist Social Institutions: Creating a Descriptive Context
CHAPTER 6: Islamist Social Institutions: Key Analytical Findings -- CHAPTER 7: A Changing Islamist Order? From Civic Empowerment to Civic Regression-the Second Intifada and Beyond -- POSTSCRIPT: The Devastation of Gaza-Some Additional Reflections on Where We Are Now -- APPENDIX: Islamist (and Non-Islamist) Social Institutions -- Afterword to the Paperback Edition -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Summary Many in the United States and Israel believe that Hamas is nothing but a terrorist organization, and that its social sector serves merely to recruit new supporters for its violent agenda. Based on Sara Roy's extensive fieldwork in the Gaza Strip and West Bank during the critical period of the Oslo peace process, Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza shows how the social service activities sponsored by the Islamist group emphasized not political violence but rather community development and civic restoration. Roy demonstrates how Islamic social institutions in Gaza and the West Bank advocated a moderate approach to change that valued order and stability, not disorder and instability; were less dogmatically Islamic than is often assumed; and served people who had a range of political outlooks and no history of acting collectively in support of radical Islam. These institutions attempted to create civic communities, not religious congregations. They reflected a deep commitment to stimulate a social, cultural, and moral renewal of the Muslim community, one couched not only--or even primarily--in religious terms. Vividly illustrating Hamas's unrecognized potential for moderation, accommodation, and change, Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza also traces critical developments in Hamas's social and political sectors through the Second Intifada to today, and offers an assessment of the current, more adverse situation in the occupied territories. The Oslo period held great promise that has since been squandered. This book argues for more enlightened policies by the United States and Israel, ones that reflect Hamas's proven record of nonviolent community building. In a new afterword, Roy discusses how Hamas has been affected by changing regional dynamics and by recent economic and political events in Gaza, including failed attempts at reconciliation with
Notes Fatah
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-307) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah -- Political aspects -- Gaza Strip
Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah -- Social aspects -- Gaza Strip
Jāmiʻah al-Islāmīyah (Gaza)
SUBJECT Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah. fast (OCoLC)fst00654141
Jāmiʻah al-Islāmīyah (Gaza) fast (OCoLC)fst01784991
Subject Arab-Israeli conflict.
Islamic fundamentalism -- Gaza Strip
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Arab-Israeli conflict.
Buddhism and politics.
Islamic fundamentalism.
Social aspects.
Gaza Strip.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400848942