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Table of Contents
1. Ibn Khaldun's Asabiyya and the Cycle of Fear
A Definition of Asabiyya and its Sectarian Dimension How a Group Develops High Asabiyya The Nature and Influence of a Group with High Asabiyya How a Dynasty Maintains Asabiyya Variables for the Success of a Dynasty How a Group's Asabiyya Declines
Foundations of the Sect Golden Period Becoming Ibna al-Jabal (Sons of the Mountain) Fatwas and Officialdom Ottoman Rule: Continued Alawite Marginalization
Saving Alawite Souls New Horizons Resistance and Receptivity Artificial Integration Genuine Integration? Independent Syria and the 'Problem' of Pluralism Suspicions of Sectarianism Alawites Ascendant
4. Apogee and Decline
Early Asad Rule The Muslim Brotherhood Rebellion The Hama Tragedy The Spoils of Power Struggle for the Asad Dynasty The Alawite-Iranian Axis Preparing for Succession 5.Rapid Descent
A Modernising Reformer? New Challenges Losing Lebanon Regime Consolidation and Isolation Alawite Socio-Economic Conditions under Bashar al-Asad The Precarious Security of the Lebanese Alawites 6. Rumblings of Revolution
Regime Restoration Elite Infighting A Confident Bashar al-Asad Rising Internal Challenges A Rising Islamic Tide? Integration at Last?