Since the commencement of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, which would thereafter change the existent regional order in the Middle East, many have endeavored to understand the nature of this conflict. There is a debate whether it is a promising revolution or a devastating civil war. In Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe, Charles Glass conducts his inquiry into the Syrian ‘civil war.’
It can be said that his book is an autobiography, mainly based on his own experience and interpretation of Syrian history and current reality. Glass constructs his argument around conversations he had with many Syrian novelists, authors, activists, and ordinary people, rather than by conducting a casual or political analysis. He aims at providing an overview of the Syrian conflict by tracking the historical genesis of Syrian social and political history without detaching it from the surrounding political entities that existed since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.