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Author Roy, Sara.
Title Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza : Engaging the Islamist Social Sector.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013.

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Author Roy, Sara.
Series Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Subject Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyah -- Political aspects -- Gaza Strip.
Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyah -- Social aspects -- Gaza Strip.
Jamiah al-Islamiyah (Gaza)
Arab-Israeli conflict.
Islamic fundamentalism -- Gaza Strip.
Description 1 online resource (351 pages).
Note Print version record.
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.
Note Fatah.
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.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-307) and index.
ISBN 9781400848942 (NL),40.63 (3U),32.50 (1U),48.75 (UA)
OCLC # 1027505747
Additional Format Print version: Roy, Sara. Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza : Engaging the Islamist Social Sector. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013 9780691159676

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