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Despite french attempts to create territorial political and legal divisions the mandate period saw the consolidation of the nation state form in syria a trend towards a coherent national territory with fixed borders uniform state authority within them and the struggle to control that state played out in the language of nationalism developments in the post ottoman levant that closely . The emergence of minorities in the middle east the politics of community in french mandate syria by white benjamin thomas edinburgh edinburgh university press 2011 231pp 6500 isbn 9780748641871. Before the mandate neither syrians nor the french used the term minority or majority to describe the ethno religious composition of syria white discovers from a close reading of french sources that the french only adopted the term minority in the 1930s even though post mandate historians as a matter of convenience labeled certain syrian communities in the pre mandate . Buy the emergence of minorities in the middle east the politics of community in french mandate syria reprint by benjamin thomas white isbn 9780748685400 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The emergence of minorities in the middle east the politics of community in french mandate syria white benjamin thomas on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the emergence of minorities in the middle east the politics of community in french mandate syria