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By Leon Goldsmith

In early 2011 an aged Alawite shaykh lamented the lengthy historical past of oppression and aggression opposed to his humans. opposed to such collective stories the Syrian rebellion used to be seen by means of many Alawites, and observers, as a revanchist Sunni Muslim stream and the gravest danger but to the unorthodox Shi'a sub-sect. This defined why the Alawites principally remained dependable to the Ba'athist regime of Bashar al-Asad.

But used to be Alawite heritage particularly a continuing story of oppression and used to be the Syrian rebellion of 2011 fairly an existential possibility to the Alawites? This ebook surveys Alawite historical past from the sect's inception in Abbasid Iraq as much as the beginning of the rebellion in 2011. The booklet exhibits how Alawite id and political behaviour were formed via a cycle of lack of confidence that has avoided the gang from reaching both actual social integration or long-term protection. instead of being the gravest danger but to the sect, the Syrian rebellion, within the context of the Arab Spring, used to be fairly in all probability a old chance for the Alawites to ultimately cut loose from their cycle of fear.

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