Islam

Origins Podcast
12:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Syria's Islamist Movement and the 2011-12 Uprising

The father of a Syrian general killed in the civil war attends his son's funeral in Damascus in January 2012.
Elizabeth Arrott.

The events of the "Arab Spring" took the world by surprise. Yet, the roots of those rebellions run deep and nowhere more so than in Syria, where the fighting continues to be fierce and deadly. This month, Fred H. Lawson traces the history of one leading force in the ongoing Syrian uprising: the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. The Brothers led a violent campaign to overthrow the Syrian regime in the 1970s, but more recently have advanced a platform that calls for liberal reform and constitutional government.