The Religious Roots of the Syrian Conflict: The Remaking of the Fertile Crescent

Author: Mark Tomass s

Publisher/Publication: Palgrave Macmillan US

DOI/ISBN: 10.1057/9781137525710

As the Arab Spring uprisings were developing in the Middle East and North Africa, the importance of religious and sectarian identities to the inhabitants of the Fertile Crescent has been growing. The book explains their significance and familiarizes the reader by delineating the social forces that led to their formation and the psychological forces that maintain them and then explores both the historical origins of Syria’s religious sects and their present-day dominance of the Syrian social scene. The writer argues that understanding religious identity is central to understanding the Syrian conflict and describes the perceptions of the sectarian Christian groupings in the Fertile Crescent of the Muslim Arab conquerors, establishing a timeline for the earliest emergence of Christian sectarian identities, which can assist in understanding the fading of religious conflict among the Christian sects of the Fertile Crescent and its persistence between the Muslim sects and between Muslims and Christians.