Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria Hardcover – 11 Apr 2013
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'Raphaël Lefèvre's book sheds valuable light on the Islamist movements that seem poised to take power in a post-Ba th Syria. It draws on new primary sources, such as interviews with and memoirs of Brotherhood leaders and Western government archives. The definitive study of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, it also throws new light on its jihadi offshoots.' ---- Middle East Journal
'No book could be more timely than Lefèvre's on the Muslim Brotherhood. Anyone wishing to understand Syria must understand the long and bitter history of the Muslim Brotherhood's struggle with the Assad regime. Islamic groups are poised to take power in Syria and the Brotherhood is foremost among them. Westerners and Syrians alike who fail to appreciate the importance and centrality of the Brotherhood to Syria's modern history are foolish.' ----Joshua M. Landis, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma, and author Syria Comment
'To understand the blood-letting in Syria there is no better guide than Raphaël Lefèvre s brilliant, wonderfully-sourced and timely book. He demonstrates that the current vicious civil war is but the latest phase of a fifty-year struggle between the Muslim Brothers and the secular Ba th Party, which seized power in Damascus in 1963, overturning Syria's centuries-old socioeconomic and political order.' ----Patrick Seale, author of The Struggle for Syria and Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East
About the Author
Raphael Lefevre is a Gates Scholar and PhD student at King's College, Cambridge University, where he also earned an MPhil in International Relations. He has published extensively on the Syrian Islamic movement and is the co-author of State and Islam in Baathist Syria: Confrontation or Co-optation?
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Ashes does an excellent job of explaining it was completely predictable that USA and Saudi funding of the so-called rebels would result in funding Islamic extremists, which have been the core of the Syrian Resistance for decades.
This is a must read.
The book is about the organizational history Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. However, by telling its story it also tells how the seeds of hatred have been sown in Syria. The reader will have a exponentially clearer understanding of why there is such a dislike for the Ba'ath Party and why in turn Ba'ath Party is so ruthless against the Sunni Majority. This tension culminates in what took place in Hama in Feb. 1982.
Mr. Lefevre relies on a variety of sources most notably interviews with some of the key people. (Those who are still alive). His writing style is clear and the narrative flows, not so easy for a scholar. The book is accessible for the general reader as well as for scholars (especially scholars who don't know Arabic). Its clear Mr. Lefevre has a very very good command of his subject matter and knows the material inside and out. In short he has done his homework thoroughly.
In short read the book you will be glad you did.
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