Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book ended very differently than it began. Along the way, many people and organizations have played an important role in its conceptualization, research, and writing, far more than I can or am permitted ...

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A Note on Language and Transliteration

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p. xiii

For Arabic terms, names, and expressions that appear relatively rarely in everyday English writing, I have applied a standard method for transliteration: the letter ‘ayn is designated by [‘]; the letter hamza is...

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Prologue

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p. xv

On a warm, sunny day in the spring of 1999, I was touring an Islamic kindergarten in the Gaza Strip with my friend Ramadan, who would sometimes translate for me. After viewing a class in session, we were...

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1: Introduction: Structure, Arguments, and Conceptual Framework

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pp. 1-18

The Islamic Resistance Movement or Hamas was established at the beginning of the first Palestinian uprising, which began in December 1987. As the representative of political Islam in Palestine, Hamas has had a long ...

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2: A Brief History of Hamas and the Islamic Movement in Palestine

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pp. 19-50

I do not intend to provide a detailed history of Hamas, nor of the individual personalities within it. Others have already done this,1 and such a discussion is not this study’s focus. What follows, then, is an overview...

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3: Islamist Conceptions of Civil Society

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pp. 51-69

The choice of a civil society model as an informing framework for this study originated with my respondents, particularly those who worked in Islamic associations. They would often characterize their work as ...

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4: The Evolution of Islamist Social Institutions in the Gaza Strip: Before and during Oslo (a Sociopolitical History)

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pp. 70-96

It is by now axiomatic when speaking of Hamas social institutions to think of them as part of a larger political and military network engaged in terrorism. It is equally axiomatic when reviewing the historical development of these institutions to draw a dichotomy between...

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5: Islamist Social Institutions: Creating a Descriptive Context

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pp. 97-160

On Monday, November 24, 2008, U.S. federal prosecutors won sweeping convictions against the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation (HLF) in a retrial of the Muslim charity after having lost their original case in a...

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6: Islamist Social Institutions: Key Analytical Findings

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pp. 161-190

Hamas regards Islam as a Minhaj al-hayat, an all-encompassing system. What this means was explained by Sheikh Abdel Fattah Dukkhan, cofounder of Hamas, in a December 13, 1996, speech for Hamas’s ...

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7: A Changing Islamist Order? From Civic Empowerment to Civic Regression—the Second Intifada and Beyond

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pp. 191-225

Since the start of the second Palestinian Intifada, both Hamas and the larger Palestinian context, which the second uprising had increasingly come to define, have undergone marked changes. The second...

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Postscript: The Devastation of Gaza—Some Additional Reflections on Where We Are Now

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pp. 226-236

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched a massive assault against the Gaza Strip that killed 1,417 Palestinians—926 of whom were civilians including 313 children—in three weeks.3 This is nearly equivalent to the...

Appendix: Islamist (and Non-Islamist) Social Institutions

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p. 237

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Afterword to the Paperback Edition

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pp. 239-260

In the period since this book was completed, there have been some momentous changes in the Middle East. The most dramatic, of course, has been the revolutions in some parts of the Arab world. If nothing else, the...

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Epilogue

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pp. 261-270

Within a few weeks of completing the afterword, the Islamist government of Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a coup by the Egyptian military. Key Muslim Brotherhood figures were arrested including President Morsi himself who, at the time of this writing, remains in...

Notes

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pp. 271-330

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 331-349

Index

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pp. 351-361