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The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin


Throughout the turbulent history of the Levant the Alawis — a secretive, resilient and ancient Muslim sect — have aroused suspicion and animosity, including accusations of religious heresy. More recently they have been tarred with the brush of political separatism and complicity in the excesses of the Assad regime, claims that have gained greater traction since the onset of the Syrian uprising and subsequent devastating civil war. The contributors to this book provide a complex and nuanced reading of Syria's Alawi communities — from loyalist gangs (Shabiha) to outspoken critics of the regime. ... More

Keywords: Alawi, Syria, Levant, Ba’ath Party, Civil War, Middle East Politics, Urban Conflict, Religious minorities, Identity, Sectarianism, Asad

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190458119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190458119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Kerr, editor
King's College London

Craig Larkin, editor

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Michael Kerr

Part I Alawis: Secrecy And Survival

Part II Alawis and the Syrian State

Part III Alawi Communities, Identities and Power

9 The Alawis of Tripoli

Craig Larkin and Olivia Midha

Part IV Alawis in Conflict and Contestation

10 Chasing Ghosts

Aron Lund

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