LIMITS OF “AUTHORITARIAN UPGRADING” IN SYRIA: PRIVATE WELFARE, ISLAMIC CHARITIES, AND THE RISE OF THE ZAYD MOVEMENT

@article{Pierret2009LIMITSO,
  title={LIMITS OF “AUTHORITARIAN UPGRADING” IN SYRIA: PRIVATE WELFARE, ISLAMIC CHARITIES, AND THE RISE OF THE ZAYD MOVEMENT},
  author={T. Pierret and Kjetil Selvik},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={41},
  pages={595 - 614}
}
Shaykh Naʿim al-ʿArqsusi is one of Damascus's most popular Muslim scholars. A leading figure of a local Islamic movement called Jamaʿat Zayd (Zayd's Group), he is widely praised for his knowledge, modesty, and asceticism. Every week, this frail, short-bearded fifty-six-year-old attracts several thousand people to the huge concrete al-Iman mosque next to Baʿth party headquarters in the middle-class neighborhood of al-Mezraʿa. 
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