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Treating with the ‘Infidel’: Education and Negotiation in Syria

Jennifer M. Dueck

in The Claims of Culture at Empire's End

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264478
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264478.003.0004

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Treating with the ‘Infidel’: Education and Negotiation in Syria

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This chapter brings in the local Syrian participants. The student demonstrations in the late 1930s targeted a wide variety of issues, including Syrian government policies, the status of religious minorities, the teaching of religion in the Christian schools, the moral standards of teachers in state schools, and the Mandate administration. As a result of their activism, students became a threat to the French administration and the Syrian National Bloc alike, and the local authorities periodically suspended classes in an effort to suppress the agitation. Notwithstanding the Syrian concern for maintaining order, Syrian leaders exploited the student disturbances to oppose the French. In spite of the troubles surrounding the closure of schools at the war's end, there nevertheless remained a perception that French culture was a valuable commodity.

Keywords: Syria; state education; religious minorities; Christian schools; Syrian National Bloc; Mandate administration

Chapter.  18080 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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