Romanticizing masculinity in Baathist Syria

Gender, identity and ideology

By Rahaf Aldoughli

Romanticizing masculinity in Baathist Syria
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  • ISBN: 9781526147622
  • Publish Date: Sep 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    This book provides a novel analysis of the conceptual sources and ideological contours of the Assad regime. The book documents the Baathists' fascination with Romanticised and 'muscular' ideas of the nation that emerged in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European social philosophy, and traces the implementation and impacts of these ideologies in the Syrian context. Emphasising the emergence of new forms of public gendered identity in Syria as a unifying feature of nationalism bound closely with the stability of the regime, the book shows how Romantic, muscular nationalism first rose to hegemony and then was shattered by its inherent violence, contradictions and inequalities. The final chapter closes by considering how a new vision of pluralism and civic belonging is today challenging the Romanticised Baathist ideal in contention for Syria's future.


    Introduction: The "Woman Question" and the Syrian State
    1 Romantic Borrowings in Early Syrian Nationalism: The Writings of Sati al-Husri, Michael Aflaq, and Zaki al-Arsuzi
    2 The Centrality of Gender Constructs in Early Syrian Nationalist Narratives
    3 Implementing Masculinism under Baathist Hegemony
    4 Constructing the Muscular Nation in Song and Performance
    5 War and Muscular Revival after 2011
    Conclusion: Citizen Activism and Prospects for Reform in Post-war Syria


    Rahaf Aldoughli is a lecturer in Middle East and North African Studies at Lancaster University.

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    By Rahaf Aldoughli

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