American Protestant Missionary Activity among the Nusayris (Alawis) in Syria in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Yvette Talhamy

Publisher/Publication: Middle Eastern Studies

Volume/Issue: 47(2)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/00263206.2011.540380

The purpose of this study is to focus on American Protestant missionary activity in Syria especially among the Alawis who, up until the twentieth century, were known by the locals and the Westerners as Nusayris. This study examines the aims, methods and results of the Protestant missionary activity among the Nusayris and the impact of their presence and work in these districts upon the Ottoman authorities and their dealings with the Nusayris.