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10 Facts About Alevis
3. Alevis celebrate and commemorate the birth of Ali, his wedding with Fatima, the rescue of Yusuf from the well, and the creation of the world on this day.
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6. Alevis accept Twelver Shi'a beliefs about Ali and the Twelve Imams.
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7. Alevis are classified as a sect of Shia Islam, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini decreed Alevis to be part of the Shia fold in the 1970s.
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8. DW journalist Dorian Jones states that Turkish Alevis are suspicious of the anti-Assad uprising in Syria.
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9. Some sources mistake Alawites living in Turkey to be Alevis (calling Alevis "a blanket term for a large number of different heterodox communities"), but others do not, giving a list of the differences between the two groups.
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