• They are followers, like most Pakistanis, of the heterodox Barelvi school of Sunni Islam.

    ECONOMIST: Pakistan

  • Yet beneath the formal structures of ecclesiastical authority, the expression of religious feeling was increasingly laicised and its doctrinal base became progressively more heterodox.

    ECONOMIST: Medieval history

  • Since most of today's conventional wisdom was once considered heterodox and unreliable, veggie libel laws threaten to stifle any serious debate about food safety.

    ECONOMIST: Food-disparagement laws

  • President Assad's Alawite sect is a heterodox offshoot of Shia Islam.

    BBC: Map showing Akashat in Iraq and al-Waleed border crossing

  • It also took on a growing number of blasphemy cases filed against Ahmadis, a heterodox Muslim sect, and Christians: a single accusation could result in execution.

    NEWYORKER: Days of Rage

  • He plays down its Middle Eastern origins and he stresses its diverse sources (Shia and Sufi as well as Sunni) as well as its heterodox innovations.

    ECONOMIST: Jihadists

  • Al-Bayda is reportedly a predominantly Sunni Muslim village located in an area inhabited largely by members of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, a heterodox offshoot of Shia Islam.

    BBC: Syria conflict: 'Dozens executed' in village

  • This is because Alawites, a heterodox offshoot of Shia Islam, are disproportionately represented in the civil service, the armed forces (especially the senior ranks) and thuggish militias sponsored by the regime.

    ECONOMIST: Syria��s religious minorities

  • To help, Iran was training a militia "made up of Syrians, generally Shia and some Alawite", Gen Dempsey said, a reference to the Shia heterodox sect to which President Assad belongs.

    BBC: US says Iran training Syrian militia

  • As much as hardliners in Tehran or Damascus enjoy seeing America bruised, the blinkered Sunni extremism that Iraq's jihadists increasingly display sits uncomfortably with both Iran's mullahs and Syria's Alawites, a heterodox minority to which the ruling Assad clan belongs.


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