While the lands and foods form a strong core for the people and their culture, the
introduction of Islam has made a greater impact on the culture and people; today
most aspects of daily life is rooted in the people's Muslim faith. This religion
dictates many aspects of daily life as it restricts what can be eaten, dictates
how to dress, and how to behave, most particularly in regards to relationships between
men and women. However, how these laws are interpreted widely varies from individual
to individual so great diversity exists in the country.
Sadly, another part of the daily life in Syria revolves around conflicts with neighboring
Israel and the Jews, partially rooted in extreme views not shared by the majority.
However, for many people living in Syria this conflict is very personal since many
were residents of the Israeli lands prior to the formation of that country, leading
to arguments and bitterness. However, views are not uniform across the people as
opinions vary greatly, leading to internal arguments and, in 2012, violence in the
form of civil war. Life in Syria today is uncertain as the people regularly live
under threats and hostilities.