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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Syria: Alawite Muslims versus Sunni Muslims

In the end, it’s a good thing that there are so many Islamic sects (or ‘denominations’). This means that Muslims will spend just as much - or more - time fighting each other than they will do fighting the ‘infidel’ or ‘the West’.

In Iraq, we have an internecine war between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims. In Pakistan we have the Sunni majority persecuting and often killing the Shiite minority. In addition, in that same country, we have both Sunni and Shia Muslims oppressing and killing Ahmadiyya Muslims.

Finally, in Syria we have the largely unknown Alawi sect - a branch of Shia Islam - presently facing a possible case of mass retribution at the hands of Sunni Muslims, who make up more than 70% of Syria 22 million population.

The problem is that the Alawite minority had/have most of the power in Syria. President Assad himself is an Alawite Muslim and his Alawite family and friends run Syria. That means that the Sunni majority has been sidelined for decades even though Alawites make up only 12% of the Syrian population. (This is almost an inversion of the Shi’ite majority in Iraq being ruled by the Sunni minority under Saddam Hussein.)

Not only has the Alawite sect had power for decades, thus excluding Sunni Muslims, but more recently they have been seen, by the Sunnis, to side with the Syrian government in its violent, ongoing campaign against ‘the rebels’.

The Alawites have seen what has been happening to minorities in Egypt. In that case it has been Egyptian Christians who have become the persecuted ones. This basically means that since the ‘spring revolution’, or since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, Christians have been increasingly persecuted by Egyptian Muslims - mainly by Salafists but also by many Sunni supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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