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The Middle East is home to diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups, some of which have experienced substantial reduction in size and may disappear (e.g. Sabean/Mandeans, Yazidis). Others with substantial numbers and/or power (such as the Alawis) are maintaining their presence. Although a comprehensive list will be provided, this discussion group will focus on selected minority groups including The Middle East: the ethno-religious map; Turkey: Kurds and Alevis; Iraq: Kurds, Yazidis and Assyrians; Syria: Alawites and Ismailis; and Maronites and Druzes.  

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Racho Donef

Course Code: D259

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 5 units / $68 per person


Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.