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Keywords

Syria, Sunni, Alawite, Assad, Revolution, Civil War, sectarian

Disciplines

Ethnic Studies | Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Islamic Studies | Islamic World and Near East History | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Sociology of Religion

Abstract

This paper gives an overview of how the conflict in Syria has evolved from a revolution into a sectarian civil war. Power is maintained by the ruling Assad family through promotion of the Alawite minority within the government and military. Methods of persecution on the Sunni majority by the Assad government are discussed as well as a policy of strategic expulsion of the Sunni enclave to Idlib, a city on the outskirts of Syria (bordering Turkey).

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