Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

Coping with religious revival in Syria

Posted by worriedlebanese on 16/01/2007

Like many places in the Middle East, religious revival in Syria is so obvious that it’s hardly noteworthy. One can see it by the increasing numbers of people going to the Mosques, by the increasing number of veiled women (and the type of veil they are wearing), and by a myriad other details (the use of certain greetings and similar formulas…).
The question that comes to mind is how long can a secular type of government cope with this revival. Then one wonders how secular the regime actually is and how one can measure its degree of secularism.
The question is just as pertinent and topical in Turkey.

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