The future of Syrian Christians after the Arab Spring
Title: The future of Syrian Christians after the Arab Spring
Author: FAHMI, Georges
Series/Number: Middle East Directions (MED); 2018/04
External link: http://www.middleeastdirections.eu
The wave of popular uprisings that started in 2010 offered religious and ethnic minorities an opportunity to obtain full rights in a new democratic, political regime. However, a violent turn of events in many of these countries has put religious and ethnic communities under unprecedented threat. In particular, this is the case of Christian communities in Syria that have found themselves caught between the rise of radical Islamist groups and the inability of the political regime to offer them basic public services, not even security. This paper seeks to analyse the different political attitudes of Syrian Christians towards the 2011 Syrian uprising through its various phases; what are the main challenges that have shaped these attitudes, and what policies shall be adopted by local and external actors in order to address them?
Subject: Syria; Christians; Arab spring; Minorities; Church; Middle east
Type of Access: openAccess