Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968-2003 by Amatzia Baram
Ba`thi Iraq from Secularism to Faith

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Saddam Hussein and Islam, 1968–2003, offers an intellectual history of the Ba`thi Party from the 1940s through 2003. Amatzia Baram focuses on the transition from its early insistence on "unity, freedom, and socialism" to its Islamization by the time it was toppled by U.S. forces in 2003, a change largely impelled by the need to rally Iraqis against Iran during their war of 1980–88. Baram reveals signs that Saddam Hussein himself became some sort of born-again Muslim, though these signs are inconclusive.

Sources include open source material but also internal secret files and highly classified audiotapes of Saddam Hussein that were made available to researchers at the Conflict Records Research Center at National Defense University and some documents at the Hoover Institution.


About Amatzia Baram

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Amatzia Baram is professor emeritus for Middle East history and director of the Center for Iraq Studies, University of Haifa.
Published October 3, 2014 by Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Johns Hopkins University Press. 496 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An effort of this sort would have required that both scholars spend all their working days reading documents, from when the archive opened in April 2010 to some time in December 2015 just before they published their piece in Foreign Affairs.

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