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  •  Good diary. (10+ / 0-)

    It gets even more complicated when you start looking at the tribal and ethnic diversity, and the diversity within the different religions, in addition to the standard view of sectarian diversity.

    The Sunni, as you show, are not a monolithic bloc and there are, indeed, huge differences between Sunni Arab tribes in the east, urbanized Sunni in the west, and Sunni Kurds in the north.

    The same goes for Christians, with there being large differences between Melkite(Orthodox) Christians in the west and Assyrian Christians in the east.

    And amongst the Shia, you have the Alawites, Twelver Shia, Ismaelis, and even some Alevites.

    And then you have the Druze in the south.

    To top it all off, most of the major cities are some kind of a mix of all kinds of different groups.

    Tipped and recced for providing a non-sensationalistic diary that gives some good insight into the very complicated situation in Syria.

    I hope to see more.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58:59 PM PDT

    •  Wanna' make it more complicated? (4+ / 0-)
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      The basic Islamic identity of the 'Alawi is still contested by many Sunni. Influential Shia' clerics have, since 1952, pronounced fatwas affirming their Islamic identity, but afaik only one prominent Sunni scholar issued such a fatwa, back in 1936.

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 03:34:09 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, there is a lot of supremacism in the (2+ / 0-)
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        Sunni world, I'm afraid.  A lot of Sunni don't even view mainstream Shia as Muslims.

        I've often wondered if Iran's drive for nukes has less to do with the U.S. and Israel and more to do with the Sunni-Shia divide and they're just using Israel as the regionally acceptable bogeyman to justify it.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:21:11 AM PDT

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