Syria 1945-1986 (RLE Syria): Politics and Society
Syria has often lacked sympathetic observers. This book tries to interpret the country and its people in terms of how they see their own history and of what they are trying to achieve. More than a political or diplomatic history, it discusses the economy, society, education and culture to help the reader understand and explain modern Syria.
A description of the country deals with the physical and other factors which have influenced Syria’s development. An historical survey concentrates mainly on the period after the Second World War and explains why a knowledge of Syrian history is important and why Syrians look at their history in the way they do. The achievements, problems and failures of President Asad are fully discussed. Further chapters explain the ideological factors which have been of vital importance in Syrian politics, the development of education, the economy and society. The author looks at examples of contemporary Syrian literature and the way in which writers view the problems of their society and culture.
This is a clear, succinct and readable account of modern Syria which will be essential for all those studying the Middle East, the developing world or international relations.
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TheOttomans continued to adorn the citysothat today it possesses the
mostbeautiful markets in the Muslim world. European merchants settledthere
andadded to the varied natureof the population. Under the Ottomangovernment
Aleppo wasa ...
Muslims who follow this path are consequently named Sunni which is usually
translated as 'orthodox'. ... No visitor to Damascus can failtobe struck by the
number of mosques, the callsto prayer and the celebration of Muslim festivals,
They are Muslims, viewed as heretical by Sunnis as they believe one of the
caliphs in tenthcentury Egypt tohave been divine.They have developed their own
religion in a closed community which keeps its doctrines secret. They frownon ...
to be really Arab without being Muslim? There could be only one positive
response to this ... The Orthodox are relatively more urbanized thanthe Muslims
and have often been successful businessmen. Proportionately more Christians
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This up-to-date overview of Syria relates the important features of the country's history, supplemented by brief discussions of significant institutions. Hopwood, a prominent British scholar, knows ... Read full review
Syria under Asad 19711986
Politics and Ideologies