Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which controls almost the entirety of Syria’s Idlib province, forbids philosophy and related courses in the universities of the area.
HTS did not allow the University of Idlib, which is run by its Syrian Salvation Government to open a philosophy department. It also banned any philosophical forums or cultural events as well as publications about philosophy.
The group’s critics, including activists from the Syrian revolution and academics who do not live under its scope of control, consider banning philosophy part of HTS’ ideological war on critical thinking.
HTS seized the province of Idlib in early 2019 after defeating the Nour al-din al-Zenki Movement, which controlled areas in the western countryside of Aleppo. Its formation of the government meant that no other factions had a say in the management of Idlib.
HTS was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the United