Obayda Amer is a Syrian translator and researcher with several published translations, including “The Logic of Violence in Civil War.” He is interested in local networks, urban politics and sociopolitical dynamics. He holds a master’s in political science and international relations from Marmara University in Istanbul.
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Unknown to the world, the Qubaysiyat boast tens of thousands of disciples within Syria, in franchises across the Middle East and as far afield as Europe and the Americas. At their center was the towering figure of al-Qubaysi, a woman as influential as she was mysterious.