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Aziz Nakkash


The Alawite Dilemma in Homs

[Miry Zakka Street, Homs. 31 May 2013. From Lens of a Young Homsi.]

Syria's Alawites are often portrayed as a monolithic religious community which has unconditionally and unwavering supported the Syrian regime through the crisis which has shaken the country since March 2011. However, very little attention has been paid to the community’s diversity and to reasons for its support of the regime that might extend beyond the simplistic equation: "The ruling family is Alawite, and therefore Syria’s Alawites support the regime." While ...

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