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Reply To: Several leaders are mentioned in Lecture 2. Pick one of the leaders who impacted Syrian history and discuss how their leadership qualities, or lack thereof, influenced the course of Syrian history.

Miriam Cavanaugh

Hi Joshua –

Thank you for your short contribution about Michel Aflaq. Reading your text summarised very well how a lot of the modern politics of Syria are linked to former occupation of the Middle East through European Powers like France and Great Britain. What was fascinating me, when I took the classes, was to learn that the Arab Nationalism alongside the Islamic Revival was to a certain extend inspired by Hassan al-Banna, the Egyptian Founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, but that later, Hafez al-Assad cracked down hard on the MB when their ideology wasn’t compatible anymore with keeping him in charge in Syria.