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The Syrian Uprising, 2011-: Bibliography of Modern Syria

A bibliography of works dealing with the uprising in Syria, starting in 2011 and continuing till today.


The books in this bibliography provide a detailed background in Syria's history and politics during the modern period, that is, from the establishment of the French Protectorate after the First World War to the Uprising. The important issues of Syria's political experience during these years-- nationalism, Pan-Arabism, the place of religious and ethnic minorities, secularism, and authoritarianism-- are discussed, and it is in these discussions that the causes of the current Uprising are elucidated.

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Bibliography of Syria's Modern History and Politics

All links to Franklin catalogue.

Ahmad, Balsam. Syria's contrasting neighborhoods : gentrification and informal settlements juxtaposed. Fife, Scotland : University of St Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies ; Boulder, CO : distributed throughout the world by Lynne Rienner Pub., 2012.

Batatu, Hanna. Syria's peasantry : the descendants of its lesser rural notables, and their politics. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1999.

Chaitani, Youssef. Post-colonial Syria and Lebanon : the decline of Arab nationalism and the triumph of the state. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Choueiri, Youssef M. (ed.) State and society in Syria and Lebanon. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.

Dam, Nikolaos van. The struggle for power in Syria : sectarianism, regionalism and tribalism in politics, 1961-1980. London : Croom Helm, 1981.

Firo, Kais. Metamorphosis of the nation : the rise of Arabism and minorities in Syria and Lebanon, 1850-1940. Brighton ; Portland, OR. : Sussex Academic Press, 2009.

Friedman, Yaron. The Nusayri-Alawis : an introduction to the religion, history and identity of the leading minority in Syria. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.

Gelvin, James L. Divided loyalties : nationalism and mass politics in Syria at the close of Empire. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 1998.

George, Alan. Syria, neither bread nor freedom. London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave, 2003.

Ginat, Rami. Syria and the doctrine of Arab neutralism. Brighton ; Portland, OR : Sussex Academic Press, 2005.

Haddad, Bassam. Business networks in Syria : the political economy of authoritarian resilience. Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 2012.

Hinnebusch, Raymond A. The state and political economy of reform in Syria. Fife, Scotland : University of St. Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies ; Boulder, CO : Distributed throughout the world by Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.

Khatib, Line. Islamic revivalism in Syria : the rise and fall of Ba'thist secularism. Milton Park, Abingdon, England ; New York : Routledge, 2011.

Khoury, Philip S. Syria and the French mandate : the politics of Arab nationalism, 1920-1945. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1987.

Lawson, Fred H. (ed.) Demystifying Syria. London : Saqi in association with The London Middle East Institute, 2009. 

Lefèvre, Raphaël. Ashes of Hama : the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. London : Hurst & Co., 2013.

Lesch, David W. The new lion of Damascus : Bashar al-Asad and modern Syria. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.

Lundgren Jörum, Emma. Beyond the border : Syrian policies towards territories lost. Uppsala : Uppsala Universitet, 2011.

Mardam Bey, Salma. Syria's quest for independence. Reading, UK : Ithaca Press, 1994.

Perthes, Volker. Syria under Bashar al-Asad : modernisation and the limits of change. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2004.

Pierret, Thomas. Religion and state in Syria : the Sunni ulama from coup to revolution. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Rabinovich, Itamar. The view from Damascus : state, political community and foreign relations in modern and contemporary Syria.  London ; Portland, OR : Vallentine Mitchell, 2011.

Rubin, Barry M. The truth about Syria. New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Ruiz de Elvira, Laura. Civil society and state in Syria : the outsourcing of social responsibility. Fife, Scotland : University of St Andrews Center for Syrian Studies ; Boulder, CO : Distributed by Lynne Rienner, 2012.

Seale, Patrick. Asad of Syria : the struggle for the Middle East. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 1989.

Sottimano, Aurora. Changing regime discourse and reform in Syria. Fife, Scotland : University of St. Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies ; Boulder, CO : Distributed by Lynne Rienner, 2009.

Stacher, Joshua. Adaptable autocrats : regime power in Egypt and Syria. Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 2012.

Ṭauber, Eliezer. The formation of modern Syria and Iraq. Ilford, England ; Portland, OR. : Frank Cass, 1995.

Wedeen, Lisa. Ambiguities of domination : politics, rhetoric and symbols in contemporary Syria. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.

White, Benjamin Thomas. The emergence of minorities in the Middle East : politics and community in French mandate Syria. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

Wieland, Carsten. Syria at bay : secularism, Islamism and "Pax Americana". London : Hurst & Company, 2006.

Ziadeh, Radwan. Power and policy in Syria : the intelligence services, foreign relations and democracy in the modern Middle East. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris and Co. : Distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 

Ziser, Eyal. Commanding Syria : Bashar al-Asad and the first years in power. London ; New York : Tauris, 2007.

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