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The Islamic Movement in Israel

The Islamic Movement in Israel

The only book in English that recounts how the Islamic Movement in Israel originated and developed into a popular grassroots organization focused on protecting the Palestinian people, their land, and their religious sites.

February 2022
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240 pages | 6 x 9 |

Since its establishment in the late 1970s, Israel’s Islamic Movement has grown from a small religious revivalist organization focused on strengthening the faith of Muslim residents to a countrywide sociopolitical movement with representation in the Israeli legislature. But how did it get here? How does it differ from other Islamic movements in the region? And why does its membership continue to grow?

Tilde Rosmer examines these issues in The Islamic Movement in Israel as she tells the story of the movement, its identity, and its activities. Using interviews with movement leaders and activists, their documents, and media reports from Israel and beyond, she traces the movement’s history from its early days to its 1996 split over the issue of its relationship to the state. She then explores how the two factions have functioned since, revealing that while leaders of the two branches have pursued different goals, they remain connected and dedicated to providing needed social, education, and health services in Israel’s Palestinian towns and villages. The first book in English on this group, The Islamic Movement in Israel is a timely study about how an Islamist movement operates within the unique circumstances of the Jewish state.

  • Note on Translation and Transliteration
  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary
  • Introduction: Palestinian Islamists in the Jewish State
  • Chapter 1. The Emergence of the Islamic Movement in Israel
  • Chapter 2. The Split of the Islamic Movement in Israel: Minority Dilemmas in the Jewish State
  • Chapter 3. A Trifecta of Goals: Religious Sites, Land, and People
  • Chapter 4. Resisting “Israelization” in Israel
  • Chapter 5. Activists and Relations with Other Palestinian Citizens
  • Chapter 6. New Watersheds: The Joint List and a Ban
  • Conclusion: Islamist Palestinian Nationalists Made in Israel
  • Appendix: Student Survey
  • List of Sources
  • Index

Tilde Rosmer is an assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.