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Power, Sect and State in Syria : The Politics of Marriage and Identity Amongst the Druze (Hardcover) (A.
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Despite the attention placed on the fate of minorities in Syria as a result of the conflict in the country, the Druze of Syria are a community about which very little is known. A. Maria A. Kastrinou's book offers a remedy for this situation through an examination of marriage practices and traditions. In doing so, she locates and analyses those contentious arenas in which local religious communities, authoritarian state policies and agents of neo-liberal globalisation converge and collide, thus offering a nuanced picture of the social and political struggles in contemporary Syria. It is through this original and unusual perspective that she highlights the formation and dynamics of power relations within and between the Druze religious community, the Syrian state and middle-class intellectuals. By showing how marriage practices, rather than being homogenous and traditional, are dynamic and subject to change depending on the socio-political or cultural context, Kastrinou makes this book relevant for those involved in the study of sociology, anthropology, politics, gender and Middle East studies.
Number of Pages: 268
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies / General, Sociology / Marriage + Family, Islamic Studies
Series Title: Library of Modern Middle East Studies
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Author: A. Maria A. Kastrinou
Street Date: April 28, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-9877