The Syrian Rebellion

The Syrian Rebellion Fouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria Focusing on the similarities and differences in skills between former dictator Hafez al Assad and his successor s

  • Title: The Syrian Rebellion
  • Author: Fouad Ajami
  • ISBN: 9780817915049
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria Focusing on the similarities and differences in skills between former dictator Hafez al Assad and his successor son, Bashar, Ajami explains how an irresistible force clashed with an immovable object the regime versus people who conquered fear to challenge a despot of unspeakable crueltFouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria Focusing on the similarities and differences in skills between former dictator Hafez al Assad and his successor son, Bashar, Ajami explains how an irresistible force clashed with an immovable object the regime versus people who conquered fear to challenge a despot of unspeakable cruelty.

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    1. I think the book came out too soon. It seemed more like a large op-ed than an actual scholarly work. There are no footnotes included. Those who are interested in modern political history of Syria and the role of minorities should opt for a different book. The book covers the first year of the uprising and the factors that triggered it, before things became bloody after the spring of 2012. There were several minor inaccurate facts throughout the book. For example, Ajami states that Sulaiman Al-As [...]

    2. First off, the author has a strong bias in who he thinks is in the wrong here, so take some of what he says with a grain of salt. But having said that, this is a fairly readable summary of the history and background of the current rebellion. This situation is much more complex than the other Arab Spring countries, an obvious, and probably accurate, analogy is Yugoslovia when it broke up in the early 90s. There are centuries-old conflicts in Syria between the various factions of Sunni, Shia, Alaw [...]

    3. France carved Lebanon out of Syria. They created a country for the Maronite Christians of Mount Lebanon. The French included Tripoli as part of Lebanon, but it had few Maronite Christians and perhaps should have remained as part of Syria. The French also excised Alexandretta and Antioch from Syria and gave them to Turkey. Jordan was also carved out of Syria, but by the British, rather than the French. Syria is important to Russia, because Russia has a naval base in Tartus, Syria. The 4 main citi [...]

    4. Not quite what I was hoping for, in that it's mostly focused on the current (well, as of a year ago) conflict rather than the background. Very much a first draft of history. Still, the early chapters help give an overview of who-against-who and the basic beats of 20th century Syrian history and geopolitics.Kind of weirdly, to my mind, Ajami often dips into a sort of melodramatic speaking-to-posterity tone (complete with poetically mixed up tenses - "history moved with velocity nowadays. This dyn [...]

    5. not exactly fresh on content but beautifully written and includes the writers interesting perspective on a number of things related to Syria's history and how it ties to the 2011 uprising. Its only in the tenth chapter where the author engages some of the oppositional figures and not just narrate his views though readings of the media and history-political books on Syria.

    6. Ajami is a neocon dirt bag but also a thoughtful and eloquent writer. This is a short book but every page is filled with beautiful prose and engrossing snapshots of Syria; brief enough to be finished in a few short sittings. Worthwhile read.

    7. The author definitely has a bias. HOWEVER, provides an informative timeline and facets of the Syrian conflict that has resulted in the ongoing civil war.

    8. More enlightenment, information and beautiful writing on each pase of this slender book than in most books on the middle east. Ajami, who is a Shia from Lebanon, leaves the reader understanding the place of the religious and ethnic minorities in Syria/Lebanon, the history of their relations from Ottoman times, through French rule, and to the Assad dynasty; the relationship of Syria and Lebanon since 1982, the status of the regime vis a vis its minorities - not just the Alawites and Christians, b [...]

    9. Ajami tells the complicated tale of how Hafez al Assad, father of the current President Bashar al Assad, came to power through eliminating rivals and buying the allegiance of the military and the silence of other potentially influential groups. Ruling for almost thirty years, Hafez had one one goal in the year 2000, and that was for his son to succeed him, which he did. Portrayed as a modern, Western educated physician who was worldly and sophisticated, Bashar's reign has been even more explicit [...]

    10. This is an excellent and concise overview of the nightmare situation in Syria. Ajami diligently tracks the path to crisis and civil war, focussing on the sectarian leaders who have defied the nationalist agenda of Bashar Assad and detailing the cruelty and total disregard for human life that has been employed by army loyalists and free Syria fighters alike in the crack down. Halfway through the book it becomes very clear that what differentiates Syria from the other Arab States that experienced [...]

    11. Riveting book explaining the subtleties of the current Syrian civil war plastered on the front pages today. I was expecting a cold, academic informative outline But most satisfying was that the author is not writing as a emotionless journalist. The dynamics are explained clearly, but even more satisfying is the passion and emotions that infiltrate every chapter, every paragraph, every sentence. The author clearly admits he is approaching the subject with a strong view and uses the paint of feeli [...]

    12. Overall, this is an informative and readable book. Ajami's flowery prose occasionally confuses rather than clarifies, idioms are at times misused, and the lack of footnotes really bothers me in a scholarly work, but otherwise the layperson should find this to be a useful resource. The complex history of Syria is well described, along with its component ethnic groups. Ajami glosses over the significant role minorities have played in the revolution (though he does not quote many sources inside the [...]

    13. The book's primary contribution is its meticulous documentation of the tectonic forces that are currently altering the political landscape of Syria and the Levant. For those who are close observers of modern Syria, its a good refresher on the main inflection points of the 18-month uprising against Bashar Al Asad. The most powerful insight offered by Ajami is when he reaches into his deep knowledge of Shia Islam to offer his perspective on the Allawite community's little-known theological believe [...]

    14. Beautifully written history of Syria, with an emphasis on the rebellion that broke out in 2011. The author is at his best when he is providing background information on the origins of the Syrian regime. The story of the rebellion is written in a gripping manner, and probably at least somewhat accurate, but the author obviously has a strong bias in favor of the rebels. He also writes early in the conflict, so much of his information is dated and does not include the more recent reporting about th [...]

    15. Perceptive as always, Fouad Ajami shares his take on what triggered the Syrian rebellion. Already out-dated, it was still a decent socio-political look at the culture, customs, and context framing the recent uprising. Like Ajami usually does, the book does sort of float from idea to idea, it's not laid out in the chronological, linear way many of us would like, but Ajami's writing style is reminiscent of Arab works and is all the more enjoyable for that. A bit dense, but very informative and enj [...]

    16. A well written summary of the Syrian "rebellion" up until February 2012. I'm not sure why he chose the word "rebellion" as opposed to "revolution" which is used by media consistently - especially Arabic media. If he has a compelling reason, he doesn't explicitly state it in the book.With the exception of a few interesting quotes and insights, I wasn't moved by the work. In hindsight it is a great means for introducing the reader to the situation Syrians find themselves in today.

    17. Insightful, informative, dispassionate, very well written, and a wake up call of the agony, torture, and futility faced by Syrian people. The book covers the history, sects, animosities that brought this rebellion on. The Arab Spring was a lightning rod, but the Syrian experience stands on its own. I had a tear when I finished the book. May God find some mercy .

    18. I read a few books about Syria already but this one is my favorite so far. It clearly outlines how the rebellion came to be. I also really like Fouad's writing style that made it a real pleasure to read.

    19. read a bit more like a text book than I expect, but nonetheless, it was interesting and helped to understand today's growing conflict.

    20. هذا الكتاب من الكتب التي أغلقتها قبل الانتهاء منهلم يعجبني

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