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Confusion About Syria’s Alawites

By Martin W. Lewis | March 29, 2011 | 8 Comments
Alawite region of Syria

News stories about the recent demonstrations and reprisals in Syria routinely mention that the country’s government is dominated by members of the Alawite sect, but rarely describe Alawite beliefs and practices. Many mention only that the Alawites form a minority in primarily Sunni Syria, sometimes noting that the Alawite faith stems from Shi’ite Islam. A March

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