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    • Max
    • 21.03.13 | 12:37 (IST)

    The Alawite sect has always been considered heretical. The don't follow many of the islamic precepts like praying 5 times a day, women are not required to wear hijab or cover their faces, and they also have beliefs about transmigration of the soul and reincarnation. The only reason they are now considered a Shiite sect is because of their political alliance with Iran - Ayatollah Khomenei declared them to be shiites

    from the article: Time to put an Alawite state on the map
    First published 20:01 20.03.13 | Last updated 20:01 20.03.13
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