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The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108731287

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  • Having played a role in every iteration of Syrian politics since the country gained independence in 1946, the Muslim Brotherhood were the most prominent opposition group in Syria on the eve of the 2011 uprising. But when unrest broke out in March 2011, few Brotherhood flags and slogans were to be found within the burgeoning protest movement. Drawing on extensive primary research including interviews with Brotherhood members, Dara Conduit looks to the group's history to understand why it failed to capitalise on this advantage as the conflict unfolded, addressing significant gaps in accounts of the group's past to assess whether its reputation for violence and dogmatism is justified. In doing so, Conduit reveals a party that was neither as violent nor as undemocratic as expected, but whose potential to stage a long-awaited comeback was hampered by the shadow of its own history.

    • An overdue examination of the Syrian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood
    • Draws on extensive primary research including interviews with members of the Brotherhood
    • Methodically covers significant gaps in the knowledge about the group's history to inform present-day understanding of its role in the 2011 Syrian Uprising
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108731287
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The History of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria:
    1. A brief history of Syria and the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood
    2. The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood's founding ideas
    3. The Brotherhood's political experiences
    4. The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and violence
    5. International relations and exile
    Part II. The Syrian Uprising:
    6. The Brotherhood re-enters the political fray
    7. Looking beyond the opposition in exile
    8. Military uprising

  • Author

    Dara Conduit, Deakin University, Victoria
    Dara Conduit is Associate Research Fellow in the Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Victoria. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, is a board member of the Syrian Studies Association and has provided advice to the UN OHCHR's Working Group on Mercenaries. Author of articles in The Middle East Journal, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Journal of Contemporary China, she gained her M.Litt. from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and her Ph.D. from Monash University where her thesis was a finalist for the Terrorism Research Institute's annual thesis award.

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