Syria dating customs
[Photos: Survival of an Ancient Civilization in Syria] 4.
Modern history For nearly four centuries, Syria was part of the Ottoman Empire.
It was home to the ancient majestic city of Ebla, which flourished from 1800 B. Damascus was first mentioned in an Egyptian document dating to 1500 B. Carbon dating from archaeological sites near Tell Ramad, just outside of Damascus, suggests that site has been occupied as far back as 6300 B. Aleppo may be one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world: There is evidence of human inhabitance of the area from about 6000 B.
C., and because the city was along the Silk Road, it saw bustling trade for centuries.
The roles of the sexes in family life differ markedly, as do the social expectations.
His honor and dignity are tied to the good repute of his kin group and, especially, to that of its women.
Gender is one of the most important determinants of social status in Arab society.
Another 12 percent of the population is made up of Alawites, a sect of Shia Muslims.
Despite being a minority, Alawites have dominated the government for decades; President Bashar al-Assad is an Alawite.