Friday, December 5, 2014

Two reading tips on Alawites in Syria

The first is a mere brief article in Foreign Affairs, which aims to present the Alawite community as a non-monolithic. The author argues, that even though discontent is growing "Assad still has the support he needs from Alawite families". I want to add that reports about sporadic tensions are circulating are not so new, they have been circulating at least for over two years.

Not Alright With Syria's Alawites by Oula Abdulhamid Alrifai, Foreign Affairs

The second is a recent academic article, which pretty much summarizes the existing scholarly work and discusses the change of Alawite identity from the Ottomans over the French to the current state. There is not much in depth  research on the Alawites, which makes this piece even more valuable (found on Twitter via @aron_ld).

Sectarianism in Alawi Syria: Exploring theParadoxes of Politics and Religion by Aslam Farouk-Alli, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 34, 3 2014.

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