Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Where do the Alawites Live in Syria and What are the Demographics of the Country??


The Assad Family is from the Alawite heartland
As I noted in a previous post, the Alawites who control the regime are a small sect that considers itself an offshoot of the Shiite branch of Islam.  One question that I think many people might have is where exactly do the Alawites in Syria live, and what percentage of each demographic and religious group exists in Syria?  In that context, I thought it would be quite useful to have some maps which allow the reader to visually see where the bulk of Alawites in Syria are from.

As the map on the right shows, the majority of Alawites in Syria live along a stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, and that Assad clan is from the Alawite town of Qradaha.  For a more detailed map showing the demographics of Syria, the one below is fantastic.  Although it is in French, it is easy to understand and provides both detailed demographic percentages as well as a close analysis of where the Alawites and other groups in Syria are actually concentrated.  Although the map does overflow the lines of the blog, I thought since it is by far the best I have seen on the Alawites and demographics of Syria that it would be well worth it to have it here. Note: I am at @Global_Politico on Twitter

The Ethnic Groups of Syria - Sunnis, Alawites, Shiites, Druze, Christian, Alevis and Yezidis

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