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Hamas and Civil Society in GazaEngaging the Islamist Social Sector$
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Sara Roy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159676

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159676.001.0001

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Introduction: Structure, Arguments, and Conceptual Framework

Introduction: Structure, Arguments, and Conceptual Framework

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: Structure, Arguments, and Conceptual Framework
Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza

Sara Roy

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the Islamic Resistance Movement or Hamas, which was established at the beginning of the first Palestinian uprising in December 1987. This analysis of Hamas focuses on its social dimensions and on the relationship between its social and political sectors, primarily in the Gaza Strip, where the Islamist movement in Palestine is most concentrated. The chapter also explores the ways in which Islamic political institutions interact with and/or influence social institutions and vice versa, the nature of Islamic social and political mobilization in Palestine and the links between them, the changing nature of Islamically legitimized action in the public and political spheres, and the slowly emerging secularization of religious discourse as a way of adapting to existing social and political realities.

Keywords:   Hamas, Islamic Resistance Movement, Palestinian uprising, Gaza Strip, political mobilization, social institutions

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