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

2012 Winner
Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published Date: 08 May 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0691124483

Based on Sara Roy's extensive fieldwork in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, this book shows how the social service activities sponsored by Hamas emphasized not political violence but community development and civic restoration.  Roy demonstrates how Islamic social institutions advocated a moderate approach to change that valued order and stability, breaking down common assumptions about the group.

Winner of the Palestine Book Awards 2012: Academic Prize

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Past Winners

  • In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood
  • Balfour in the Dock: J.M.N. Jeffries & the Case for the Prosecution
  • Brothers Apart: Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Arab world
  • The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre
  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities