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Meaning of ʿAlawite

عAl•a•wite

Pronunciation: (al'u-wēt", al"u-wēt'), [key]
— n. Islam.
  1. a member of a Shi&ain;ite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
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