Syria: Society, Culture, and Polity

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SUNY Press, 1991 - History - 165 pages
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This book provides a multi-disciplinary understanding of the processes of change in contemporary Syria as well as its historical, social, and cultural underpinnings. A number of distinguished anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and literateurs examine key issues such as the changing Syrian family, political factionalism, the sedentarization of nomads, bureaucratic corruption, rural-urban migration, the development of the Ba th Party, Syria s political isolation, religious resurgence, and the continued importance of sects in Syrian life. This book strikes a balance between examining the consequences of Syria s geographical and strategic position in international politics and the implications of its internal and highly complex ethnic and class structure and culture. It argues that the religious culture of Syria is as important as the leadership of Asad and, more generally, that an understanding of Syrian politics must be matched by an understanding of Syrian society and culture."
 

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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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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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