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Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution

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While Syria has been dominated since the 1960s by a determinedly secular regime, the 2011 uprising has raised many questions about the role of Islam in the country's politics. This book demonstrates that with the eradication of the Muslim Brothers after the failed insurrection of 1982, Sunni men of religion became the only voice of the Islamic trend in the country. Through ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Yas
Feb 17, 2015 Yas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a must read for anyone trying to understand the Ulama landscape in Syria. Alot of books/programs/reports deal with the islamist-political movements in Syria and elsewhere in the middleeast.
However, the author here deals with the religious establishment in Syria. The Ulama; both those who are affiliated with the state and the more independent Ulama with more emphasis(thankfully IMO much needed) on the former.

The author explains that we need not approach the subject of the Ulama establishment only
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Joey
Dec 23, 2014 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pierret does a really good job of not trying to do too much with this work. The reader gets what the title offers: a survey of the Syrian ulama, primarily in the post-colonial era. Reading this book on the heels of "Ashes of Hama," by Raphael Lefevre, throws into relief the divide between politically-minded Salafis (notably the Muslim Brotherhood) and religiously-oriented scholars in Syria. Pierret deftly avoids oversimplifying the two trends by demonstrating where their interests -- and members ...more
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Dr Pierret earned his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at Sciences Po Paris and the Catholic University of Louvain (2009), funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium).

He received his License in Modern History from the University of Liège (2001), his MA in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels (2002), and his MA in Comparative Politics (Muslim world
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