Religious Authority in Syria

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Jana al-Issa, Hussam al-Mahmoud & Saleh Malas, Enab Baladi, Religious institution in Syria: Al-Assad’s old-new target, 5 Dec 2021

"(Abdul Rahman) Al-Haj said that the gloomy reality of the religious institution in Syria has helped create community-based fears of sectarian dimensions. As a result, people resorted to the internet seeking information from references and sources of religious knowledge they trust, away from any religious exploitation for the benefit of the authority. This led to “the creation of uncertain and inconsistent knowledge, which fell short in meeting people’s long-term spiritual needs, enforcing their sense of loss instead of providing them with meaning, peace, and comfort that they have been seeking.” "

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