Alawites and Alevis, what's the difference?
In short, the Alawites are the Syrian branch, and the Alevis are the Turkish, or Anatolian. There are certain differences between them related to the peculiarities of ethnogenesis: among the Syrians, Arabs and European crusaders took part in it, among the Anatolians, the peoples of Asia Minor, as well as the Turks. Plus, there, and there, the Armenians and Greeks played a significant role.
Alavism called one of a number of Islamic religious trends, an offshoot close to the Ismaili Shiites and Gnostic Christianity. Some Muslim theologians of the Alawites - followers of Alawism, recognize the followers of a new separate religion that have departed from Islam, which have lost their affinity with Islam and is a combination that includes Islam, Christianity and pre-Islamic oriental beliefs (Jahiliyah).
Those. Simply put, the Alawites recognize Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the holy daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
Alawite tribes today are settled in Syria and Turkey, the countries of the Levant (where this religious trend may have originated from), but their true number cannot be determined, since the followers of Alawism follow tactics taqiya - the preservation of faith in the soul. You can read more about the Alawites here.
Alevites- today are closely related to the folk culture of Turkish Cilicily and make up about 30% of the population of this country and at the same time
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