Syria: Society, Culture, and Polity

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Richard T. Antoun, Donald Quataert
SUNY Press, 1991 - History - 165 pages
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Offers anthropological, historical, political, and literary perspectives on Syria, past and present, in seven papers from an April 1987 conference at SUNY, Binghamton. Considering both geographic and ethnic, class, and culture elements, examines such topics as sectarianism, the rise of the Ba'th Party, and relations with the Soviet Union. Includes a glossary without pronunciation, maps, a chronology, and a general bibliography. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

Syrian Political Culture A Historical Perspective
13
Class and State in Bathist Syria
29
The Alawis of Syria Religious Ideology and Organization
49
Land Reform and Class Structure in Rural Syria
63
The Emancipation of Women in Contemporary Syrian Literature
79
Asad Between Institutions and Autocracy
97
The Nature of the SovietSyrian Link under Asad and under Gorbachev
111
Notes
131
Bibliography
149
Contributors
161
Index
163
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About the author (1991)

Richard T. Antoun is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the author of Arab Village; Low-Key Politics, also published by SUNY Press; and Muslim Preacher in the Modern World.

Donald Quataert is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Southwest Asia and North Africa Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the author of Social Disintegration and Popular Resistance in the Ottoman Empire.

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