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The Syrian Uprising

Domestic Origins and Early Trajectory

Edited by Raymond Hinnebusch, Omar Imady

© 2018 – Routledge

384 pages

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Most observers did not expect the Arab spring to spread to Syria, for a number of seemingly good reasons. Yet, with amazing rapidity, massive and unprecedented anti-regime mobilization took place, which put the regime very much on the defensive; what began as the Syrian Uprising in March 2011 has evolved into one of the world’s most damaging and protracted conflicts. Despite nearly six years having passed since the inception of the Syrian Uprising, this phenomenon remains difficult to fully grasp, both in terms of underlying forces and long-term implications.

This book presents a snapshot of how the uprising developed in roughly the first two to three years (2011-2013) and addresses key questions regarding the domestic origins of the uprising and its early trajectory. Firstly, what were the causes of the conflict, both in terms of structure (contradictions and crisis within the pre-uprising order) and agency (choices of the actors)? Why did the uprising not lead to democratization and instead descended into violent civil war with a sectarian dimension? With all 19 chapters addressing an aspect of the uprising, the book focuses on internal dynamics, whilst a subsequent volume will look at the international dimension of the uprising.

Taking an innovative and interdisciplinary approach that seeks to capture the full complexity of the phenomenon, this book contributes significantly to our understanding of the Syrian conflict, and will therefore be a valuable resource for anyone studying Middle Eastern Politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Origins of the Syrian Uprising--from structure to agency, Raymond Hinnebusch and Omar Imady

2. The Tragedy of Ba’thist State-Building, Adham Saouli

3. The Power of "Sultanism:" Why Syria’s non-violent protests did not lead to a democratic transition, Søren Schmidt

4. The Dynamics of Power in Syria: Generalized Corruption and Sectarianism, Stéphane Valter

5. The Uprising and the Economic Interests of the Syrian Military-Mercantile Complex, Salam Said

6. Revisiting the Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising, Fred H. Lawson

7. Tutelary Authoritarianism and the Shifts between Secularism and Islam in Syria, Line Khatib

8. Organisationally Secular: Damascene Islamist Movements and the Syrian Uprising, Omar Imady

9. Bashar's Fateful Decision, David W. Lesch

10. The Alawis: Structure, Perception and Agency in the Syrian Security Dilemma, Leon T. Goldsmith

11. Emergence of the Political Voice of Syria’s Civil Society: the Non-violent Movements of the Syrian Uprising, Tamara al-Om

12. Demands for Dignity and the Syrian Uprising, Juliette Harken

13. Mediating the Syrian revolt: how new media technologies change the development of social movements and conflicts, Billie Jeanne Brownlee

14. Unblurring Ambiguities: Assessing the Impact of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood in the Syrian Revolution, Naomí Ramírez Díaz

15. Sectarianism and the Battle of Narratives in the Context of the Syrian Uprising, Enrico Bartolomei

16. Sunni/Alawi identity clashes during the Syrian Uprising: A continuous reproduction? Ola Rifai

17. The Rise of Syrian Salafism: From Denial to Recognition, Issam Eido

18. From a window in Jaramana: Imperial sectarianism and the impact of war on a Druze neighbourhood in Syria, Maria Kastrinou

19. The Left in the Syrian Uprising, Ferdinand Arslanian

20. Political Incongruity between the Kurds and the ‘Opposition’ in the Syrian Uprising, Deniz Çifçi

21. Conclusion: The Early Trajectory of the Syrian Uprising: From Agency to Structure, Omar Imady and Raymond Hinnebusch

About the Editors

Raymond Hinnebusch is Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at the University of St Andrews and founder and director of the Centre for Syrian Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Syria

Omar Imady is Director for Outreach and Information Dissemination, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews. His professional experience combines practical fieldwork as a UN Officer in Syria and as an Academic Dean and he is the author of several UN reports, historical works, and analytic studies on Syria and the Middle East.

About the Series

Routledge/ St. Andrews Syrian Studies Series

This series aims to be the major venue for the dissemination of research on modern Syria. Although it will not neglect Syria’s past, the focus is on the current conflict. It showcases work that locates cutting edge empirical research within innovative theoretical frameworks from all disciplines on, for example, social movements, civil wars, intervention, identity conflicts, failed states, post-war reconstruction, authoritarian resilience, and non-state governance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies