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This was from the journal Middle East Studies back in 1989, by Daniel Pipes, I disagree with a lot of his anti-Islamic views, but this particular article is an interesting and objective, neutral historic account of the Alawi rise to power, (concluding that a once former persecuted and impoverished sector of Syrian society rose through the ranks due to two key institutions: the military and Ba'ath party). A bit of a long-read, but worthwhile. The Alawi Capture of Power in Syria by Daniel Pipes Middle Eastern Studies 1989 For many centuries, the 'Alawis were the weakest, poorest, most rural, mo
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