Abstract

Abstract:

This article analyzes the role of Sunni Islam in speeches given to religious scholars by Syrian president Bashar al-Asad in 2014 and 2017. I discuss how religion was used in these speeches as a security tool to consolidate authority, legitimize the Ba'thist regime, and marginalize political dissidents. I specifically highlight the emphasis Asad placed on convincing government-recognized 'ulama to support state security measures and to the novel links he constructed between Islam and national unity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 9-32
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-06
Open Access
No
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