By Stefan Winter
The ‘Alawis, or Alawites, are a favorite spiritual minority in northern Syria, Lebanon, and southern Turkey, most sensible identified this day for playing disproportionate political energy in war-torn Syria. during this booklet, Stefan iciness bargains an entire historical past of the neighborhood, from the start of the ‘Alawi (Nusayri) sect within the 10th century to simply after international conflict I, the institution of the French mandate over Syria, and the early years of the Turkish republic. iciness attracts on a wealth of Ottoman archival documents and different assets to teach that the ‘Alawis weren't traditionally persecuted as is frequently claimed, yet particularly 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 totally built-in into the provincial administrative order. making the most of the industrial improvement of the coastal highlands, really 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 extended their zone of cost past its conventional mountain borders to emerge from centuries of Sunni imperial rule as a bona fide sectarian community.
utilizing a magnificent array of fundamental fabrics spanning approximately ten centuries, A background of the ‘Alawis presents an important new narrative in regards to the improvement of ‘Alawi society.
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A History of the ‘Alawis: From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic by Stefan Winter