‚ÄúSince the start of the Syrian uprising, Saleh‚Äôs influence and his role as an incisive critic of extremism, dictatorship, and the effects of mass violence on Syrian society have offered powerful and compelling responses to the traumas that define the contemporary Syrian experience.‚Äù‚ÄîSteven Heydemann, author of Authoritarianism in Syria: Institutions and Social Conflict, 1946‚Äì1970
This first book in English by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, the intellectual voice of the Syrian revolution, describes with precision and fervor the events that led to the Syrian uprising of 2011‚Äîthe metamorphosis of the popular revolution into a regional war and the ‚Äúthree monsters‚Äù Saleh sees ‚Äútreading on Syria‚Äôs corpse‚Äù: the Assad regime and its allies, ISIS and other jihadists, and the West. Where conventional wisdom has it that Assad‚Äôs army is now battling against religious fanatics for control of the country, Saleh argues that the emancipatory, democratic mass movement that ignited the revolution still exists, though it is beset on all sides.
Saleh offers incisive critiques of the impact of the revolution and war on Syrian governance, identity, and society to produce a powerful and compelling response to the traumas that define the contemporary Syrian experience. All those concerned with the conflict should take note.
Yassin al-Haj Saleh is widely regarded as Syria‚Äôs foremost thinker and the intellectual authority of the Syrian uprising. Born in Raqqa, he spent sixteen years as a political prisoner in Syria (1980‚Äì1996) and has been living in exile in Turkey since 2013. He is the author of six books.
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