The Alawi capture of power in Syria

@article{Pipes1989TheAC,
  title={The Alawi capture of power in Syria},
  author={Daniel Pipes},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  year={1989},
  volume={25},
  pages={429-450}
}
For many centuries, the Alawis were the weakest, poorest, most rural, most despised and most backward people of Syria. In recent years, however, they have transformed themselves into the ruling elite of Damascus. Today, Alawis dominate the government, hold key military positions, enjoy a disproportionate share of the educational resources, and are becoming wealthy. How did this dramatic change occur? When did the Alawis manage to escape their traditional confines, and what was the mechanism of… Expand
The history of Nusayris ('Alawis) in Ottoman Syria, 1831-1876
The Syrian provinces of the Ottoman Empire experienced significant events, such as the Egyptian invasion, the Tanzimat Reforms and the increasing activities of Protestant missionaries between 1831Expand
From the Arab Spring to the Revolt of the Sunna
The breaking up of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the apportioning of its former territory in the Fertile Crescent between France and Britain bequeathed to those two countries the task ofExpand
Crime in contemporary Syria – a sociological recording
Syria plays a dominant role in the wider Mediterranean area and the Middle East, and not rarely it becomes the focal point of the geopolitical atlas, mainly because it has been stigmatized as aExpand
RESEARCH ARTICLE Crime in contemporary Syria - a sociological recording
StratosGeorgoula s s.georgoulas@soc .aegean.gr Syria plays a dominant role in the wider Mediterranean area and the Middle East, and not rarely it becomes the focal point of the geopolitical atlas,Expand
The Syrian Muslim Brothers and the Syrian-Iranian Relationship
The 'Alawis of e part of the Shi'a stream; this has led to an alliance with Iran, the center of Shi'ite Islam. This alliance aggravated the oppositionist Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), whose membersExpand
Division of Syria Under the French Mandate Government and the Alawite State
France, which captured Syria to protect its interests in the Mediterranean and Middle East at the end of the World War I, endeavoured to implement the “divide and rule” policy as the easiest way ofExpand
Sectarianism in Alawi Syria: Exploring the Paradoxes of Politics and Religion
Abstract The religious and the political intertwine in all sectarian conflicts and the violent conflagration in Syria is no exception. However, sectarianism as an explanatory paradigm is extremelyExpand
Tracking the “Arab Spring”: Why the Modest Harvest?
Abstract:The Arab Spring startled all Arab autocrats but toppled few of them. We find there were no structural preconditions for popular uprisings, but two variables conditioned whether domesticExpand
The Ancient Walls of Damascus and the Siege of Mouaddamiyya: A Historical and Spatial Analysis of Bounded Place and Cultural Identity
Throughout the Syrian crisis, the presence of material and symbolic boundaries to culture became a particularly salient element of the continuously unfolding political turmoil. As one terroristExpand
Islam in the Syrian War: Spotting the Various Dimensions of Religion in Conflict
Religion has been a determining factor in the recent Syrian war since its beginnings, as a prominent identity marker as well as a motivational aspect on the path of jihad. This paper seeks toExpand
...
1
2
3
4
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 60 REFERENCES
The Syrian political elite, 1966–1976: a spatial and social analysis
It has been fifteen years since that Ba'th party seized power in Syria through a military coup d'etat. Approximately 48 per cent of all Syrians - those born after the 1963 revolution - have neverExpand
Syrie-Liban : les faux frères jumeaux
Le maintien de l'armee syrienne au Liban, devenue illegale, demontre la volonte de la Syrie d'exercer sa tutelle sur son voisin dont elle ne reconnait pas l'independance. Pour justifier cetteExpand
Extremist Shiites: The Ghulat Sects (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse
  • 1988
Syria's Alawis and Shi'ism
Extracts in al-Husayni 'Abdallah (ed.), Al-Judhur at-Ta'rikhiya li'n-Nusayriya l-'Alawiya (Cairo: Dar al-I'tisam
  • 1980
...
1
2
3
4
5
...