a member of a Shiʿite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
- Also called Nusairi.
- Also ʿAl·a·wi [al-uh-wee]. /ˈæl ə wi/.
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How to use ʿAlawite in a sentence
Over time he can be eased out—as long as his Alawite people are protected in some kind of federal Syria.
The Assads come from the minority Alawite sect of Islam, and so do most of the key commanders in the Syrian armed forces.Up to Speed: Five Things You Need to Know on Syria | Christopher Dickey | September 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The killings of some 7,000 Sunni Syrians in March of 2011 by predominately Alawite security forces forced Hamas to take a stand.
This would likely be a fatal blow to the Alawite-run regime.
The rebels are not ready to even tactically relinquish the objective of destroying the Alawite core of the Syrian state.