Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, Vol 17, No 2 (2012)

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To Protest or not to Protest? The Christian Predicament in the Syrian Uprising

Salma Mousa

Abstract


After a year of political crisis, the reaction of Syrian Christians ranged from explicitly supporting Bashar al-Assad, remaining silent on the protests, or proposing modest reforms towards political liberalization—making sure not to become explicitly affiliated with the opposition movement. By exploring the interplay of economic interests, ideologies and state-institutional policies, this article demonstrates that the collective Christian inaction was driven by the perception of al-Assad as a bulwark against the specter of imminent Islamist rule and the low degree to which Christians suffered from the same socio-economic grievances as Sunni protestors. 

 


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