"Van Dam's book is one of the three most important on Asad's Syria. (Batatu and Seale are the others) It explains how sectarianism works in Syria with subtlety and wisdom. This updated edition has a new chapter and other updates."
"An excellent memoir by the American wife of Muhammad Imadi, long serving Minister of the Economy. She speaks candidly of the difficulties that other Western wives had in adjusting to Syria. Having converted to Islam, she discusses the issues facing women in the faith. The mother of three, she speaks candidly about attitudes on child rearing and education."
"Saldana has written a beautiful, funny, and learned memoir of her year in Damascus, falling in love, finding Jesus in Islam, teaching at a Koranic school for girls, and study Islam with one of Damascus' leading Shaykhas. Saldana is a major new voice. This is a total treat and magical."
"After Seale, Batatu is a classic must read. It is full of fascinating detail about Alawites, Druze, and Syria's many rural communities. Batatu goes far beyond the usual story to explain the success (and failures) of Asad's rule."
"This new book by Itamar Rabinovich should be excellent. He was Israel's negotiator with Syria under Prime Minister Rabin and he is Israel's foremost scholar on Syria. Everything he writes is a must read for those interested in Syria."
"Very useful and readable short history of the first years of Bashar al-Asad's presidency. Describes the Damascus Spring and its repression. Many revealing interviews with Syria's reformers and opposition."
"Thomson's book is smart. It provides invaluable cultural detail about the rise of the Women's Movement, cinema, and many other interesting aspects of Syrian life during the Mandate and early years of Syrian nationhood."
"Excellent study of the emerging middle class and national identity in Syria after WW1. Aleppo takes pride of place. Using the religiously diverse city of Aleppo, Syria, as a point of departure, Watenpaugh explores the larger political and social implications of what being modern meant in the non-West in the first half of the twentieth century."