The Syrian rebellion / Fouad Ajami

Author(s): Ajami, Fouad, author
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Subjects: Political violence--Syria--History--21st century
Protest movements--Syria--History--21st century
Syria--History--Civil War, 2011-
Syria--Politics and government--2000-
Assad, Bashar, 1965-
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 2012
Series: Hoover Institution Press publication no. 624
Hoover Institution Press publication 624
LC Classification: D, DS
Physical Description: xx, 240 p. : map ; 23 cm
Additional Authors: Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
Notes: LCCN: 2012024043
ISBN: 9780817915049 (cloth : alkaline paper)
ISBN: 0817915044 (cloth : alkaline paper)
Invalid ISN: 9780817915063 (e-book)
"Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order"--Title page verso
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: 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
Summary: In The 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. 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
OCLC Number: 780480618
ISBN/ISSN: 9780817915049