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TAGS: Divide and rule; History (general); Middle East; World War I
LOCATIONS: Alawi; Nusayri; Syria; Turkey
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Summary of 20th-century history of the Nusayri/Alawi Shi'i movement in Syria and Turkey. (No mention of Bahá'ís.)
Mirrored with permission from, where this document is also available in German, Arabic and Persian translation. Original publication online at

Divide and Rule:
The Creation of the Alawi State after World War I

by Necati Alkan

published in Fikrun wa Fann ("Art and Thought"), pages 31-36
Goethe-Institut, 2013-11
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