Instead, he made it a priority to integrate the Sunni and Christian economic elites into his inner circle and share with them the benefits of economic liberalization.
The Alawi community has not always given its full support to the regime.
Syria’s descent into intercommunal conflict has resembled the Lebanese civil war and, more recently, the ethno-sectarian fragmentation of Iraq.
Sunni fundamentalists who dominate the military opposition in Syria consider the Alawis heretics unfit to live in (the abode of Islam), let alone to rule the country. Alawis were officially recognized as Muslims thanks to a fatwa issued by the mufti of Palestine, Imam Haj Amin al-Husseini, in July 1936.
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