Even greater pressure has resulted from the Syrian Civil War.
In older sources, Alawis are often called "Ansaris".
One Nosairi would not betray another, and would hardly not betray an unbeliever.
Their villages lay in patches down the main hills to the Tripoli gap.
Al-Tabarani influenced the Alawite faith through his writings and by converting the rural population of the Syrian Coastal Mountain Range.Since Hafez al-Assad took power in the 1970 Corrective Movement, the government has been dominated by a political elite led by the Alawite Al-Assad family.During the Islamist uprising in Syria in the 1970s and 1980s the establishment came under pressure.However, the term "Nusayri" had fallen out of currency by the 1920s, as a movement led by intellectuals within the community during the French Mandate sought to replace it with the modern term "Alawi".They characterised the older name (which implied "a separate ethnic and religious identity") as an "invention of the sect's enemies", ostensibly favouring an emphasis on "connection with mainstream Islam"—particularly the Shia branch.