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Damascus – People
دمشق – شعب

The capital of Syria is one of the most diverse cities in the country and presents a fascinating variety of religious, ethnic and cultural heritage. Historically, the population of Damascus (دمشق) has been predominantly Sunni Muslim since the establishment of the Umayyad caliphate, when mass conversions took place. Despite the city being under control of Shiite rulers during the later Abbasid and Fatimid periods, the …

Aleppo – People
حلب – شعب

Most of Syria’s major urban centers are extremely diverse, and the city of Aleppo (حلب) is no exception. The population of the city was over 2,300,000 as of 2005, making it more populous than the capital. The residents of Aleppo (حلب) are predominantly Arab, speaking the northern Syrian dialect of Arabic. There is also a substantial Kurdish community, focused in and around the northern neighborhood …