Tribes and Tribalism: Matawirah Tribe

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One of four major tribal confederations into which the Alawite community of Syria is divided.

The other three Alawite confederations are the Khayyatin, the Haddadin, and the Kalbiyya. Each of these confederations is made up of a number of clans, each of which carries a specific name. A case in point is the Numaylatiyya clan, which is part of the Matawirah tribe.


Khuri, Fuad. "The Alawis of Syria: Religion, Ideology and Organization." In Syria, Society, Culture, and Polity, edited by Richard Antoun and Donald Quataert. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.

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