The Religious Roots of the Syrian Conflict

The Remaking of the Fertile Crescent

  • Authors
  • Mark Tomass

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mark Tomass
    Pages 1-8
  3. Mark Tomass
    Pages 39-44
  4. Mark Tomass
    Pages 97-106
  5. Mark Tomass
    Pages 137-149
  6. Mark Tomass
    Pages 187-211
  7. Mark Tomass
    Pages 213-227
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 229-281

About this book


Exploring both the historical origins of Syria's religious sects and their present-day dominance of the Syrian social scene, this book identifies these groups' distinct beliefs and relates how the actions of the religious authorities and political entrepreneurs acting on behalf of their particular sects expose them to sectarian violence, culminating in the dissolution of the nation-state. The author employs ethnographic accounts used in anthropology and conceptual tools based in economics to describe the formation of sectarian groups, a multidisciplinary approach which details how the sects have consistently generated civil conflicts within the Fertile Crescent, both before and after the formation of the nation-states of Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria.


Syrian Conflict Civil War Syria Fertile Crescent Lebanon Iraq Middle East Near East Religion Sectarianism Sectarian Identity Christology Islam Byzantine Muslim Sects Christian Sects Nestorian Assyrian Jacobite Syriac

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