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Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector

Sara Roy


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 extensive fieldwork in the Gaza Strip and West Bank during the critical period of the Oslo peace process, this book shows how the social service activities sponsored by the Islamist group emphasized not political violence but rather community development and civic restoration. The book demonstrates how Islamic social institutions in Gaza and the West Bank advocated a moderate approach to change that ... More

Keywords: Hamas, terrorist organization, Gaza Strip, Muslim community, Second Intifada, Oslo peace process, Israel, Fatah, civic restoration, community development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159676
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Roy, author
Harvard University