The Arab Socialist Movement traced its roots back to the "Youth Party", a 1930s radical anti-capitalist
group led by Othman al-Hawrani.
In its later form, it was formally established as "Arab Socialist Party" in the 1950s, and was led by Akram al-Hawrani
from then on.
The party merged with the Ba'ath Party
only to withdraw again in 1963.
It then split into several factions: