Syrian Rebellion

ISBN-10: 0817915044

ISBN-13: 9780817915049

Edition: 2012

Authors: Fouad Ajami

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InThe Syrian Rebellion, Fouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria. Focusing on the similarities and the 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. Although the people at first hoped that Bashar would open up the prison that Syria had become under his father, it was not to be—and rebellion soon followed.Offering a detailed historical perspective, Ajami shows how, for four long decades, the Assad dynasty, the intelligence barons, and the brigade commanders had grown accustomed to a culture of quiescence and silence. But Syrians did not want to be ruled by Bashar's children the way they had been ruled by Bashar and their parents had been by Bashar's father. When the political hurricane known as the Arab Spring hit the region, Bashar al-Assad proclaimed his country's immunity to the troubles. He was wrong. This book tells how a proud people finally came to demand something more than a drab regime of dictatorship and plunder.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 260
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Fouad Ajami was born in Arnoun, Lebanon on September 19, 1945. He attended Eastern Oregon College, then received a Ph.D. at the University of Washington after writing a thesis on international relations and world government. He taught at several universities including Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Hoover Institution. He was an author and broadcast commentator on Middle East affairs who helped rally support for the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. His first book, The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice Since 1967, was published in 1981. His other works include The Vanishing Imam: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon, Beirut: City of Regrets, and The Dream Palace of the Arabs. He received a National Humanities Medal in 2006. He died from cancer on June 22, 2014 at the age of 68.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Inheritor
Come the Mountain People
The Time of the Founder
False Dawn
The Boys of Deraa
The Phantoms of Hama
The Truth of the Sects
Sarajevo on the Orontes
The Stalemate
Dreaming of Home: A Note on the Exiles
Fragments of a Past Mourned and Dreaded
Source Notes
About the Author
About the Hoover Institution's Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
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