Romani people in Syria

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Romani people in Syria
Arabic, Domari
Islam, Romani religion
Related ethnic groups
Dom people, Nawar people, Kawliya

Romani people in Syria speak the Domari language. They immigrated to Syria from the East during Byzantine times. They self-segregate from the dominant culture of Syria, who view Romani as dishonorable though clever. Historically, Gypsies in Syria have provided musical entertainment as weddings and other celebrations. The majority of Syrian Romani encampments are found in rural areas.[1]

The exonym "Nawar" can be used offensively, denoting a contemptible and immoral lifestyle. The stereotype of the Nawar is as beggars, itinerants, and thieves.[2]


  1. ^ Commins, David Dean (2004). Historical Dictionary of Syria. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4934-8. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ Berland, Joseph C. (2004). Customary Strangers: New Perspectives on Peripatetic Peoples in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-89789-771-4. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Herin, B. (2012). "The Domari language of Aleppo (Syria)" Linguistic Discovery 10 (2), 1-52.