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The Many Afflictions of Syria’s Non-Islamist Opposition

From the start, Syria’s civil war was highly sectarian. Historian Basilius Zeinu writes that the opposition’s practice of underlining the sectarian affiliations of regime opponents, rather than adopting inclusive, nationalist slogans, is a worrisome sign. It is, he writes, as if minority groups were demanding medieval Catholic ‘indulgences’ from the country’s majority Sunnis for the sin of being born Christian, or Druze, or Shi’ite.

Since the start of the uprising, Syrian intellectuals, many from minority groups, have been heavily involved.