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Allen, Lori (2016) 'Sincerity, Hypocrisy, and Conspiracy Theory in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 48 (4). pp. 701-720.

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Concerns about lying and sincerity in politics are common in most societies, as are concerns about conspiracy theories. But in the occupied Palestinian territory, these concerns give rise to particular kinds of effects because of the conditions of Israeli occupation. Political theorists often interpret opacity claims and conspiracy theories as responses to social disorder. In occupied Palestine, disorder and instability are standard. Opacity claims and conspiracy theories therefore require a different kind of analysis. Through an examination of the semiotic ideology of sincerity, especially as it has emerged in the conflict between Fatah and Hamas, this article argues that opacity claims act as a form of nationalist pedagogy, at once reinforcing the basic principles of sincerity of action and word, and encouraging a wariness of political spin.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Palestine, Hamas, Fatah, sincerity, ethics, political anthropology
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 00207438
Copyright Statement: © Cambridge University Press 2016. This is the accepted version of an article published by Cambridge University Press in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol 48 (4), 701-720. Available at:
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 17:08

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