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Jordan: Information on the differences between Alawi (also called Nusayriah) marriages and Sunni marriages, especially with regard to the role of the male guardian

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 January 1998
Citation / Document Symbol JOR28482.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Jordan: Information on the differences between Alawi (also called Nusayriah) marriages and Sunni marriages, especially with regard to the role of the male guardian, 1 January 1998, JOR28482.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aac364.html [accessed 23 September 2014]
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Information on the above-mentioned topic could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. For general information on the Alawi, please consult the attached copy of The Encyclopedia of Religion (1987, 174-177).

The following information was provided during a 6 January 1997 telephone interview with the deputy editor of the Amman-based Jordan Times, an English-language newspaper covering Jordanian and Middle Eastern issues.

The Deputy Editor stated that he was unaware of any Alawi marriages having been performed in Jordan, where the overwhelming religious affiliation is Sunni Muslim. The deputy editor added that he was unaware of any differences between Alawi and Sunni marriages. He stated that there are probably no more than 15 to 20 Alawis in Jordan.

The following information was provided during 6 January 1997 telephones interviews with a sociologist at the University of Amman in Jordan and a London-based specialist on Syria and the Alawi community.

The sources were unaware of Alawi marriages being performed in Jordan. The sources stated that there are very few Alawis in Jordan.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Deputy Editor, Jordan Times, Amman, Jordan. 6 January 1997. Telephone interview.

Specialist on Syria and the Alawi community, London, England. 6 January 1997. Telephone interview.

Sociologist, University of Amman, Jordan. 6 January 1997. Telephone interview.

Attachment

Encyclopedia of religion. 1987. Vol. 1. Editor Mircea Eliade. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, pp. 174-177.

Additional Sources Consulted

Two oral sources did not have information on this subject.

Al-Raida [Beirut]. Summer 1993 -  1996. Quarterly.

Arabies [Paris]. January 1989 -  1997. Monthly.

Arab Law Quarterly [London]. 1993 -  1997. Quarterly.

Arab Studies Quarterly [Lake Forest, Ill.]. 1995 -  1997. Quarterly.

Dialogue [London]. October 1993 -  1997. Monthly.

The Jerusalem Report [Jerusalem]. October 1992 -  1997. Bi-weekly.

Lebanon Report [Beirut]. November 1992 -  1997. Monthly.

The Middle East [London]. November 1988 -  1997. Monthly.

Middle East International [London]. January 1991 -  1997. Bi-weekly.

Middle East Report [Washington]. September 1990 -  1997. Bi-monthly.

Monde Arabe Maghreb-Machrek [Paris]. January 1989 -  1997. Quarterly.

News From Middle East Watch [New York].

Electronic sources: DIRB Databases, Global News Bank, Lexis/Nexis, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR database), World News Connection (WNC).

Copyright notice: This document is published with the permission of the copyright holder and producer Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The original version of this document may be found on the offical website of the IRB at http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/. Documents earlier than 2003 may be found only on Refworld.

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