Introduces the geography, history, religious beliefs, government, and people of Syria
Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-77) and index
The land. Topography, rivers, climate, flora and fauna, natural resources, major cities, secondary urban centers -- History and government. Early history, the Romans, Islam and the Arabs, Seljuks and crusaders, Monguls, Mamluks, and Ottomans. European intervention, world wars and the French mandate, independence, searching for unity, the Baath Party and Hafiz al-Assad, recent events, government -- The people. Ethnic groups, religion, education, health -- Cultural life. Language and literature, the arts, food, sports and recreation. -- The economy. The petroleum industry, agriculture, mining and industry, transportation and energy, trade and tourism, the future -- Timeline -- Fast facts -- Currency -- Flag -- National anthem -- Famous people -- Sights to see -- Glossary -- Selected bibliography -- Further reading and websites
Skewed Pages. Obscured Text on back cover due to barcode and sticker.