By Stefan Winter

The ‘Alawis, or Alawites, are a popular spiritual minority in northern Syria, Lebanon, and southern Turkey, top identified this day for playing disproportionate political strength in war-torn Syria. during this ebook, Stefan iciness deals a whole background of the neighborhood, from the beginning of the ‘Alawi (Nusayri) sect within the 10th century to simply after global battle I, the institution of the French mandate over Syria, and the early years of the Turkish republic. wintry weather attracts on a wealth of Ottoman archival documents and different resources to teach that the ‘Alawis weren't traditionally persecuted as is usually claimed, yet fairly have been a primary a part of Syrian and Turkish provincial society.

Winter argues that faraway from being excluded at the foundation in their faith, the ‘Alawis have been actually absolutely built-in into the provincial administrative order. making the most of the commercial improvement of the coastal highlands, relatively within the Ottoman interval, they fostered a brand new classification of neighborhood notables and tribal leaders, participated within the modernizing academic, political, and army reforms of the 19th century, and elevated their region of cost past its conventional mountain borders to emerge from centuries of Sunni imperial rule as a bona fide sectarian community.

utilizing a powerful array of basic fabrics spanning approximately ten centuries, A historical past of the ‘Alawis offers a very important new narrative concerning the improvement of ‘Alawi society.

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