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Syria is a very diverse area when dealing with religions It is not all Muslim it actually has at least 3 different religions There are the Alawites the Shii and Sunnis to mention a couple These are all very unique religions differing from each other in very unique ways There are about 14 million Alawites in Syria The best-known Alawite was Bashar al-Assad who was president of Syria after his father Hafez al-Assad who was also an Alawite Know one really knows how the Alawites originated but some believe that the Alawites might have descended from Alexander the Great Alawites are located mostly in Latakia a city in the Northeastern coast of Syria as well as in the An-Nusariyah Mountains They are known for being very friendly hospitable yet also very mysterious people They consider themselves Muslims yet still hold very different believes For example if an Alawite were to meet a visitor he would say he is Muslim and would avoid discussing the particular parts of hisher beliefs They study the Islamic holy book the Koran but their believes often differ They believe all people were once stars but fell from there because they were disobedient In order to go back to where they were they have to be transformed seven times Those who live faithful lives will be reborn as Christians Yet those who are not faithful will be reborn as animals Then there are the Shii The Shii represent about 10 to 15 of the Muslim world The word ShiI refers to Ali who was the son in law of Muhammed The are present in various forms such as the Twelver Shiis They are significant minorities in Lebanon Saudi Arabia Syria Yemen Bahrain the Gulf States Pakistan and India They also represent the largest group in Iraq and an overwhelming 88 in Iran where they have been the state religion since back in the
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