Who are the Allawites?

Incredibly useful information taken from here (the rest of the analysis is quite interesting, too):"'Alawi" is the term that 'Alawis (also called 'Alawites) usually apply to themselves ; but until 1920 they were known to the outside world as Nusayris or Ansaris. The change in name - imposed by the French upon their seizure of control …

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