Demystifying Syria

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"Offers the most up-to-date guide to Syria's enigmatic political, economic and social order" - The Montreal Review

Syria stands at the center of contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, yet it remains poorly understood by analysts and the general public. This collection presents an innovative study of key aspects of Syrian politics, economics, and society.

Each contribution is firmly grounded in primary research undertaken in Syria. The ...

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Overview


"Offers the most up-to-date guide to Syria's enigmatic political, economic and social order" - The Montreal Review

Syria stands at the center of contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, yet it remains poorly understood by analysts and the general public. This collection presents an innovative study of key aspects of Syrian politics, economics, and society.

Each contribution is firmly grounded in primary research undertaken in Syria. The contributors identify current trends in Syria and go on to situate recent developments within broader contextual issues.

Fred H. Lawson is a lecturer at Mills College, California. He is the author of Constructing International Relations in the Arab World (Stanford University Press) and Why Syria Goes to War (Cornell University Press).

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Fred H. Lawson is a lecturer at Mills College, California, USA. Between 1992-3 he was a Fulbright lecturer in International Relations at the University of Aleppo, Syria. He is the author of Constructing International Relations in the Arab World (Stanford University Press) and Why Syria Goes to War (Cornell University Press).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction Fred H. Lawson 9

1 Changing Social Structure, Shifting Alliances and Authoritarianism in Syria Salwa Ismail 13

2 Enduring Legacies: The politics of private sector development in Syria Bassam Haddad 29

3 Civil Law and the Omnipotence of the Syrian State Zohair Ghazzal Baudouin Dupret Souhail Belhadj 56

4 Sunni Clergy Politics in the Cities of Ba'thi Syria Thomas Pierret 70

5 The Shi'i Mausoleums of Raqqa: Iranian proselytism and local significations Myriam Ababsa 85

6 The 2,004 Events in al-Qamishli: Has the Kurdish question erupted in Syria? Julie Gauthier 105

7 The Syrian Opposition: The struggle for unity and relevance, 2003-2008 Joe Pace Joshua Landis 120

8 Partnership with the European Union: Hopes, risks and challenges for the Syrian economy Anja Zorob 144

9 Demystifying Syrian Foreign Policy under Bashar al-Asad Bassel F. Salloukh 159

10 The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: Syrian-Turkish relations since 1998 Fred H. Lawson 180

Notes on Contributors 207

Bibliography 213

Index 219

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