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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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Islamist Social Institutions: Creating a Descriptive Context

Islamist Social Institutions: Creating a Descriptive Context

(p.97) Chapter 5 Islamist Social Institutions: Creating a Descriptive Context
Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza

Sara Roy

Princeton University Press

This chapter introduces some of the major social and economic institutions that existed in the territories during the Oslo period—types, roles, services, target audiences served (clientele), organizational structure, legal status, and funding sources. It explores the social agenda that the Islamists had during the Oslo period and attempts to examine what constituted “Islamic authenticity” during that time and whether that aligns with the various widely held assumptions about Hamas and the Islamists. In doing this, the chapter illustrates a descriptive account of the Islamist social institutions in Palestine and their characteristic features, including some ethnographic data on individual organizations, the people who work in them, and those who seek their services.

Keywords:   Oslo period, Islamists, Islamic authenticity, Hamas, Islamist social institutions, Palestine, individual organizations

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