Archive for the 'Sunnis' Category

Middle-East’s Sectarian Balance Shifts as Syrian Uprising Enters Fourth Year — by Jawad Anwar Qureshi

Jawad Anwar Qureshi is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His dissertation explores debates in Damascus on questions of tradition, Salafism, Islamism, and jihad.  http://chicago.academia.edu/JawadQureshi  Twitter: @jqureshi_   This month, Syria’s uprising enters its fourth year. So far, close to 150,000 people are confirmed dead, over nine million Syrians […]

“Observations of a Homsi living in Tartous,” by Aboud Dandachi

Over the course of the Syrian conflict, the port city of Tartous has been regarded as a bastion of loyalist support, a regime stronghold, and a city loyal to Bashar Assad. Only two of these statements are true. Most people of Tartous had no love for Assad.

The Work of Fabrice Balanche on Alawites and Syrian Communitarianism reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam

IMPRESSIVE SYRIA STUDIES BY FABRICE BALANCHE Reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam Fabrice Balanche is a well-known French scholar who wrote a lot about Syria, mostly in French. His best-known books are La région alaouite et le pouvoir syrien [The Alawi Region and Power in Syria] (Paris 2006) and Atlas du Proche-Orient Arabe [Atlas of the […]

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy [updated]

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy By Aron Lund for Syria Comment Sept. 24, 2013 [Updates & additional commentary added to the end of the post] Abdelaziz Salame, the highest political leader of the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo, has issued a statement online where he claims to speak for 13 different […]

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

US Policy and Weapons for Rebels   In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons – NYT During his more than four decades in power, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya was North Africa’s outrageously self-styled arms benefactor, a donor of weapons to guerrillas and terrorists around the world fighting governments he did not like. Even after […]