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A History of the 'Alawis: From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic

Stefan Winter


The ʻAlawis, or Alawites, are a prominent religious minority in northern Syria, Lebanon, and southern Turkey, best known today for enjoying disproportionate political power in war-torn Syria. This book offers a complete history of the community, from the birth of the ʻAlawi (Nusayri) sect in the tenth century to just after World War I, the establishment of the French mandate over Syria, and the early years of the Turkish republic. The book draws on a wealth of Ottoman archival records and other sources to show that the ʻAlawis were not historically persecuted as is often claimed, but rather we ... More

Keywords: ʻAlawis, Alawites, religious minority, political power, ʻAlawi society, Syrian society, Turkish society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691167787
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Winter, author
Universite du Quebec a Montreal