Syria dating customs
Syria's penal code, nationality code, and personal status code establish women's status as legal dependents of their fathers and husbands, while traditional ways of life reinforce patriarchal social structures.
A majority of Syrians (74 percent) are Sunni Muslim.
The country is also home to other Muslim groups, and various sects of Christians (about 10 percent), as well as a small number of Jews.
The Alawites, an offshoot sect of Islam, comprise about 12 percent of the population and dominate the Ba'ath Party, the executive, and the security branches of the government.
The secular courts are under the jurisdiction of the ministry of justice and hear both civil and criminal cases.
Separate religious courts serve different religious groups concerning matters of personal status, family, and inheritance.