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Syria is a place not a people. The people that live in Syria are called Syrians.
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How did Syria get its name?

The name Syria may come from the name of the language witch has been spoken around the area, the Syriac language, one of the three principal languages of bible (Syriac is also known as Northern Aramaic). It is also possible that it comes from the name of the Phoenician city state of Sour (Tyre in English), Souriya meaning the land of Sour. Phoenicia is the ancient name of the land that corresponds roughly to today's Lebanon, as well as part of the Syrian and Israeli seacoasts. That answer above is correct but the Modern day Syria's name is actually from the alliance that created Greater Syria. The Christians wanted to name the new nation something that reminded them of there ancient Empire "Assyria" so the Muslims Agreed and they named it SYRIA :)

Where is Syria located?

Syria is bounded by the Mediterranean and Lebanon on the west , by Jordan on the south , by Iraq on the east and by Turkey on the north . The frontier between Syria and Turkey was settled by the Franco-Turkish agreement of 22 June 1929 . xcool77

When was Syria established?

Syria gained its independence in April 1946 from France. However, before that the region of "Greater Syria" (Bilad al-Sham or the countries of the north) consisted of the region of the current states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine and was an administrative region of the Ottoman Empire, as well as many former empires such as the Abbasids, Umayyads, and even the Romans and Greeks before that.

Is Syria big?

yes kinda it is the biggest out of the cham countries Well the land of Syria that you see today isn't actually it. Its name is actually The Great Syria or "blad alsham" and it original borders are actually Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Add all those nations together and you well get The real Syria.

What is unique about Syria?

That it is the oldest capital on Earth . Although Antioch is currently part of Turkey, Antioch wasconsidered part of Syria, which is the city that Christianitystarted in. the first alphabet

Is Syria safe?

22.5 million people live there, it seems safe for them. Certainly no more dangerous than many places. Not Currently(2012), but I was there a couple years ago and everything seemed fine. However they are crazy drivers so prepare yourself for that if you are going.

What is Syrias contient?

The country of Syria is located on the continent of Asia. Thecapitol of Syria is Damascus and the country has 22.4 millionresidents.

The religions of Syria?

Christianity is about 20% of the population, Islam about 80% That was back in the day though, right now Christians make a very big population in syria i don't know how much that way more than 20% Islam: Sunni: 74%, Shia:~13% Christian: ~10%

What do they wear in Syria?

They wear the same clothes worn in Europe and the United States. Very few Muslims wear the traditional head peice and most Syrians don't so it's hard to tell wheather somebodys Christian or Muslim.

Is Syria the best?

Well, everyone thinks their country is the best, and my country is syria so I guess yeah it is :)

What are the religions in Syria?

The religions in Syria are basically two religions , Islam and Christianity and there are some Jews too but the number of them are declining .

Who was the king of Syria?

Faisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashemi became the king of Greater Syria on 1920 March 7, before being deposed by the French on July 25, forcing al-Hashemi to take refuge in the United Kingdom. He was later made King of Iraq on 1921 August 23.

What time is it in Syria?

UTC + 2 hrs. from the last Sun. of Oct. until the last Sun. of March. UTC + 3 hrs. the rest of the year.

Who can vote in Syria?

According to Syrian Law, all people above the age of 18 can vote. In practice, Syria is a dictatorship and nobody votes.

What is Syria-Palestine?

In Arabic, there is a term for the territory currently occupied by Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. It is called "Bilaad Sham" (بلاد شام) and usually translated as "Greater Syria" since Damascus was the most powerful city in Bilaad Sham. There is another name (with minority usage) for Bilaad Sham in English which is Syria-Palestine. This name comes from the fact that the two dominant Arab population centers of Bilaad Sham (prior to the Arab-Israeli War of 1948-9) were in the French Mandate of Syria and the British Mandate of Palestine.

What do they celebrate in Syria?

Ramadan Christmas Haneka(Dont know if i spelled it right) eid aladha the day of independent of Syria Muslim and Christian Brotherhood festival Sultan Basha alatrash revolution against the french the great Syrian Israel war.

Is it safe in Syria?

I suggest you not to visit Syria at this moment. The Syrian dictatorship is "waging war" against "Sunni terrorists", which are actually pro-democracy peaceful protesters. The Arab Spring have pretty much opened the Pandora's Box in that country. Just wait until Assad gets toppled and new democratic political order forms.

What are Syrias religions?

Muslims Come First Christians are Second and there used to be a huge tribe of Jews in Aleppo that later immigrated to Israel.

Is Syria a dictatorship?

Syria is a semi-presidential system and a unitary republic. It isnot considered a democracy as the west understands it, nor can itbe termed a true dictatorship.

How long was Syria called Syria?

6000 years EDIT: This is incorrect. Syria has been called Syria since 10,000 B.C. Syria used to be larger than it currently is, but it divided into multiple countries. Source: I am Syrian.

Is Syria in turkey?

No, Syria is an independent country. Turkey is the country that boarders Syria from the north.

Why is Syria an LEDC?

Syria is an LEDC mainly because the same government (although it is a democracy) has been ruling for 41 years, and they have not been hearing out the citizens' demands for a better country.

Is Syria a monarchy?

Strictly speaking, it is not. It is a Presidential Dictatorship.However, the method of presidential succession is monarchical, inthat sons replace fathers as Presidents.

What can you do in Syria?

I recently went to Syria and it was great. Some sights to see are:Palmyra, Alleppo, and of course Damascues. Oh, and definitely shopin the souks (market places). Whats great about Syria is that youcan go to surrounding countries like Jordan, Israel, Egypt, andLebanon. We just went to Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Syria is abeautiful country, and you will enjoy your time there.

Is there oil in Syria?

About 5% of the Worlds oil but 25% of the Syrian Economy.... themain oil was found by Iraq Oil a consortium of Shell, Exxon, BP andtwo smaller companies in 1933. Then the business was Nationalizedby King Nasser in 1958. I suspect the Big 3 would like to havetheir Refineries back and Shell, Exxon, BP will likely get whatthey want. The biggest oil fields are close to the Iraq Border andwould therefore be easier to control than prior to the Iraq War.The current Chemical Warfare may be just the right excuse to goback and settle the control of the oil once and for all....and ohyes, give the world the idea that we're saving the children.

Does Syria have mountains?

Yes , Syria has two famous mountains , the bigest one called Qasyoon , which you can see it all around the city , the seconed one is called al sheikh mountain its near Lebanon .

What problems does Syria have?

The economic and political liberalization promised by Bashir Assad in 2000 has not emerged,leaving the economy somewhat stagnated and there have been no major developments in terms of domestic affairs;it remains a authoritarian regime although Assad does not have his father's reputation for brutality; he is a velvet glove dictator. Relations with the U.S. were recently strained by an incident involving a U.S. violation of Syrian territory in the course of an anti-terrorist mission. Syria does not maintain relations with Israel due to the latter government's continuing occupation of the Golan Heights,held for 41 years now as booty from the 1967 war. Relations with Lebanon have improved since the withdrawal of Syrian troops a decade ago. Currently Syria is highly regarded for it's increasing role in the arts but is very isolated diplomatically; the standard of living is modern and literacy is high but per capita income is still sub-standard for what is a fairly Europeanized secular culture. On the plus side it is highly tolerant on cultural matters; it is 15-20% Christian and there is no persecution. Alcohol is permitted in restaurants. Damascus is a lovely modern city; any Westerner would feel more comfortable there than perhaps anywhere else in the Middle East. It is regarded as a terrorist-supporting nation for it's support of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian Territories but neither organization is legally a terrorist group under international law; the U.S. unilaterally so designated them and several EU countries have followed suit. Given Israel's intractabiltiy over the return of the Golan it is understandable they would support it's enemies,if only as a bargaining chip.

Why is there unrest in Syria?

Note: Don't listen to those Assad supporters, because they're out there to brainwash others to support this bloodthristy dictator. Be objective and find the truth. Its cause is a long and pitiful tragedy. Syria was created as a byproduct of Ottoman Turkish and French occupation. When the French kicked the Turks out of Syria after WWI, the French started to intergrate several religious and ethnic communities (Sunnis, Alawites, Christians, Druzes, Kurds) under their control, creating a nation called "Syria". The French does not trust the Sunni Muslim majority and hence they installed their colonial army officers with Alawite, Druze, and Christian troops. This is where Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad started his military career. When the French finally gave Syria independence in 1946, it was established as a Western-style parliamentary republic, with a powerful parliament, prime minister, and a figurehead president. However the government itself is elected by majority Sunni Muslims. Those who are not Sunnis resented this new parliamentary republic system. Syria's minorities started to support the rising new Arab Socialist Baath Party, where the Baath Party preached religious and ethnic equality (however, when they come to power in 1963, they act as hypocrites and started sidelining Sunni Muslims). The parliamentary republic reached a dead end when Syria signed with Nasser's Egypt to become united into one country under the United Arab Republic. However, Syria's religious minorities feared that they'll be marginalized under Nasser, so they end up launching a military coup under the political arm of the Baath Party and seized power in 1963. The Baath Party becomes the sole legal political party in Syria--hence ending the parliamentary democratic system and starting the dictatorship era of Syria. The Baath Party, despite united under a common goal of uniting all of Syria's religious communities, was ideologically divided in Cold-War style politics. The Baath Party back then was under Salah Jadid, who represent the pro-Soviet faction of the Baath Party. Salah Jadid's opposition was the Baath Party's pragmatist faction, led by defense minister Hafez al-Assad. The two sides started to break out openly when Salah Jadid assisted the Black September guerrillas of the Yasser Arafat's PLO to overthrow the Jordanian monarchy of King Hussein so that Arafat can seize control of Jordan and become part of Greater Palestine. Hafez al-Assad himself did not want to overthrow the Jordanian monarchy, as he only wants to protect Palestinians from the Jordanian army only. Conflicts arose between the two sides, leading for the Jordanian army to kick the PLO and all the Palestinians out to Lebanon. That conflict itself led to the Hafez al-Assad's coup d'etat in 1970 and ousted Salah Jadid and his supporters from the government and declare himself Syria's president. Under Assad's rule, he continues to commit to the Baath Party's ideological commitment towards secularism and religious equality, as he begins building Syria's military and security structures to withstand internal and domestic threats to the Baath's power in the fear of a Sunni Islamist takeover---with the support of his own Alawite base, as well as on Christians and Druzes. When these threats started to occur with the Muslim Brotherhood uprising in Hama, he mercilessly suppressed the uprising using bombs, airplanes and tanks, killing and slaughtering every civilian that existed in Hama in 1982 as a punishment for creating the Islamist uprising. The world ignored that event as though it didn't happened. Assad also started a pervasive cult of personality as a Arab Nationalist warrior-type figure, showing himself fighting against Israel in the Six-Day War and all the subsequent wars. His anti-Israeli credentials did brought him a big support for his regime. Hafez al-Assad remains president until his death in 2000. When his death came, the rubber-stamp Syrian parliament amended the Syrian constitution on the presidential age-limit to allow his son, Bashar, to become president. Under Bashar's rule, he continued many of his father's policies, however, Bashar started to privatize sectors of the Syrian economy, allowing limited private investment and free markets into the country. However, Bashar created crony capitalism by placing his relatives or his supporters to run as CEO's. He ignored and neglected the management of everyday economic problems such as unemployment, inflation, poverty, etc...and marginalized the countryside as well. When the Arab Spring came, protests started to spread across Syria and this is what created the Syrian Uprising. Bashar is no different from his father in using the same military tactics to suppress protests and the opposition in merciless, bloody way. Like Father, Like Son. Despite the brutality and threat of genocide in that country, Bashar still has a relatively strong support from Syria's minority population, as the uprising started to get sectarianized with the opposition becoming more and more Sunni-dominated. That's what makes him different from Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi, and Ali Saleh. While those four dictators have no cover from the international community, Bashar still has a political cover from his allies, Iran, Russia, and China to portray Bashar as a good-guy facing the "so-called Sunni extremists".

What does the US have to do with Syria?

US is generally against the Syrian dictator, Bashar Al Assad, sothey are giving rebels weapons and providing them with a lot ofmoney, so they can bring the Syrian Dictator down. answer 2: Western power structure create all terrorist group like Al Qaeda,Taliban and now Takfiries and Isis and they make lots of films andadvertisment against Islam because they want to increaseIslamophobia. Islamophobia (or anti-Muslim sentiment) is a term forprejudice against,hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islamor Muslims.The term entered into common English usage in 1997 withthe publication of a report by the Runnymede Trust condemningnegative emotions such as fear, hatred, and dread directed at Islamor Muslims. While the term is now widely used, both the term itselfand the underlying concept have been criticized.The causes andcharacteristics of Islamophobia are still debated.Some scholarshave defined it as a type of racism. Some commentators have positedan increase in Islamophobia resulting from the September 11attacks, while others have associated it with the increasedpresence of Muslims in secular nations

What is happening in Syria?

People are dying under the bullets and bombs of their bloody and dictatorial president, and unfortunately, no one is caring.... They are dying because after 40 years they decided to stand up to the dictator bashar al-assad and want to choose their president and elect him instead of a president coming into power by force. This is coming to an end but it won't happen very soon because the other countries are not helping that much.

Why did Syria have war?

Answer 1 Syria is having a war because the have one dictator which is aperson who is in charge and it dosen't matter what anyone elsedecides he has the power. The people didn't want this because itwas a unfair process and could be very dangerous if the leader madeone wrong descision which people could advise and that descioncould kill lots of people or something like that. Answer 2 Western power structure create all terrorist group like Al Qaeda,Taliban and now Takfiries and Isis and they make lots of films andadvertisment against Islam because they want to increaseIslamophobia. Islamophobia (or anti-Muslim sentiment) is a term forprejudice against,hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islamor Muslims.The term entered into common English usage in 1997 withthe publication of a report by the Runnymede Trust condemningnegative emotions such as fear, hatred, and dread directed at Islamor Muslims. While the term is now widely used, both the term itselfand the underlying concept have been criticized.The causes andcharacteristics of Islamophobia are still debated.Some scholarshave defined it as a type of racism. Some commentators have positedan increase in Islamophobia resulting from the September 11attacks, while others have associated it with the increasedpresence of Muslims in secular nations

Why is there fighting in Syria?

It's revolution against dictator Bashar Assad and his regime. Assad family is rulling Syria from 1970, they destroy everything in Syria,steal everything and did so many massacres in Syria...

Why is there violence in Syria?

Because the United States wants to weaken Iran through collapsingSyira's Regime.. What I don't understand is why so many have to die

Who will win in Syria?

The US and UN, because The CIA and Al-Quada are regime changers for the New World Order.

What is the revolt in Syria about?

It's revolution against dictator Bashar Assad and his regime. Assad family is rulling Syria from 1970, they destroy everything in Syria,steal everything and did so many massacres in Syria...

Is Syria in OPEC?

No. OPEC members are Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela, in alphabetical order..

What did the president of Syria do?

The President of Syria is a dictator, using torture and violence to insert his power on his people; with most elections being rigged. However this is what we are informed of from the media. He will at some point must likely be removed from power were he will come to the UK most likely, due to his wifes, the first lady, british conections were he or both of them will be tried from war crimes and human rights issues. At which point he will then be taken nack to Syria for punoshment.

Who is allied with Syria?

Syria is currently allied with Iran and Russia , and is also in good relations with thefollowing countries: . The People's Republic of China . North Korea . Cuba . Venezuela . Bolivia . Ecuador . Nicaragua . Brazil . South Africa . Tanzania . Pakistan

When did Syria happen?

Syria is an ancient country. Though it's been ruled off and on byvarious higher powers -- Rome, Egypt, others -- it goes backthousands of years BC. It's in the Bible. Damascus is the longestcontinuously occupied city in the world.

Was Syria nuked?

No. The only wartime nuclear bombs that have ever been used were the two employed by the United States against Japan in August of 1945. However, recently the Assad regime has used chemical weapons to attack civilians and enemies of the regimes. Conversely, Syria was collaborating with North Korea with the possible intent of acquiring nuclear weapons technology. This was thwarted by an Israeli aerial assault which targeted the facility.