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The Claims of Culture at Empire's EndSyria and Lebanon under French Rule$
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Jennifer M. Dueck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264478

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264478.001.0001

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Treating with the ‘Infidel’: Education and Negotiation in Syria

Treating with the ‘Infidel’: Education and Negotiation in Syria

(p.51) Chapter 2 Treating with the ‘Infidel’: Education and Negotiation in Syria
The Claims of Culture at Empire's End

Jennifer M. Dueck

British Academy

This chapter brings in the local Syrian participants. The student demonstrations in the late 1930s targeted a wide variety of issues, including Syrian government policies, the status of religious minorities, the teaching of religion in the Christian schools, the moral standards of teachers in state schools, and the Mandate administration. As a result of their activism, students became a threat to the French administration and the Syrian National Bloc alike, and the local authorities periodically suspended classes in an effort to suppress the agitation. Notwithstanding the Syrian concern for maintaining order, Syrian leaders exploited the student disturbances to oppose the French. In spite of the troubles surrounding the closure of schools at the war's end, there nevertheless remained a perception that French culture was a valuable commodity.

Keywords:   Syria, state education, religious minorities, Christian schools, Syrian National Bloc, Mandate administration

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