David Lesch

Trinity University, Professor of Middle East History

David W. Lesch is Professor of Middle East History in the Department of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He received his PhD in Middle East History from Harvard University. He was recently named the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity University. He is the author or editor of 14 books and over 110 publications including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad (Yale University Press, 2012); The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria (Yale University Press, 2005); and The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has also published numerous articles in leading journals, chapters in books, and essays in such noted publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and



The Syrian Mosaic

The civil war in Syria, now characterised by brutal sectarianism, is being fought in a country once known for pluralism and tolerance. David Lesch explains how Syria's rich religious background and colonial history paved the way to the current conflict.

David Lesch

13 Oct 2014

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