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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: Key Analytical Findings

Islamist Social Institutions: Key Analytical Findings

(p.161) Chapter 6 Islamist Social Institutions: Key Analytical Findings
Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza

Sara Roy

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes the work and impact of the Islamist social sector, the nature of the Islamist social project, and the successes and failures of Islamist mobilization at the social level. Notably, during the Oslo period, the Islamic social sector acted as a brake on violence by creating a realm increasingly devoid of politics—a view that clearly runs against mainstream conceptions—helping to legitimize the social system rather than undermine it. Accordingly, the remainder of this chapter examines the nature of social Islam in Palestine, particularly the nature of Islamist mobilization and the role of the “secular versus the sacred” in social sector work.

Keywords:   Islamist social sector, Islamist mobilization, Oslo period, politics, social system, Palestine, social sector work

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