Hamas and Civil Society
Author: Sara Roy
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (2011)
Review by Ramona Wadi
Meticulously researched, Hamas and Civil Society: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector (Princeton University Press, 2011) is a significant study of Hamas and Gaza's social institutions. The evolution of Hamas brought about radical change in Gaza's society - bolstered and hindered by Israel's illegal occupation. Established in 1987, Hamas was largely regarded as a terrorist organisation during Bill Clinton's presidency - a perception which heightened in post September 11 rhetoric when President George W Bush included the organisation on the US terror list. Contrary to the propagated conventional perception, Sara Roy's study portrays Hamas as a legitimate organisation operating within several, separate structures.