The modern society, economy, and technology have vastly changed the lifestyle as
many people work regular hours and have a set pattern. However, the deeply rooted
Islamic faith also does a great deal to contribute to the lifestyle, even today.
The weekend is on Friday-Saturday since Islam's holy day is Friday; many people
also follow Islamic dietary and dress requirements, which alters the entertainment
options and dating scene for many people. However, the country is diverse enough
to offer many of the same options found elsewhere in the Middle East and throughout
Today the way of life is a bit unpredictable due to war and violence. For many people
most days are the same as they have been for years, but on other days the schedule
is altered by protesters, violence, or government blockades. Today the country lacks
stability in nearly every sense, from politics to lifestyle.
How the people of Syria identify is confusing at best and
chaos at worse. The people tend to be Sunni Muslims who are ethnically a combination
of various people, but most prominently Arabs and Phoenicians (sometimes also referred
to as Canaanites). Despite these similarities, the differences are significantly
more numerous and the people tend to identify first by these differences. The people
of Damascus tend to identify with the city, giving them a geography-based identity,
the Kurds tend to identify as such, which is an ethnic-based identity, and the Christians
tend to identify as Christians or Phoenicians, which is a religious-based identity.
In recent years these people have actually united in many ways as "Syrians,"
which is a politically-based identity. Ironically, many who identify in this politically-based
way have done so to unite in protest of the government; how long or how this identity
will be defined in the future is unknown given the current state of affairs in Syria.