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History of the 'Alawis : From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic (Paperback) (Stefan Winter)

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Drawing on his long-standing interest in the political history of ‘Alawism in Syria and several years’ prior engagement with early modern Ottoman rural society in the archives of Istanbul and Tripoli, Winter began his project during a sabbatical year in Aleppo in 2011. He discovered several new sources and with the outbreak, he realized that a new, evidence-based, long-term narrative of the community and its relationship with wider Syrian and Middle Eastern society was not only necessary but even a matter of some urgency. While previous literature was obsessed with ‘Alawis’ religious beliefs to the exclusion of their social and economic environment, he provides a rapid overview of a thousand years of ‘Alawi history. Considered a branch of Imani Shi’ism and referred to in classical literature as “Nusayris”, the ‘Alawis represent about 11 percent of the population in Syria (2 million people). Their role in the modern history of Syria has put the spotlight on the ‘Alawis, with the rise of a new class of ‘Alawi officers in the army of independent Syria, their dominant position within the Ba’th Party and the seizure of power by the ‘Alawi general Hafiz Al-Asad in 1970, his lengthy reign as president which was followed by his son Bashar in 2000, especially marked with Syria’s descent into civil war and sectarian chaos in 2011. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 307.0
Genre: History, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Stefan Winter
Language: English
Street Date: October 4, 2016
TCIN: 51732387
UPC: 9780691173894
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-2947

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