The Nuṣayrī-ʻAlawīs: An Introduction to the Religion, History, and Identity of the Leading Minority in Syria

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BRILL, 2010 - Religion - 325 pages
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Friedman offers new and updated research on the Nusayr - Alaw sect, today a leading group in Syria, covering a variety of aspects and focusing on the Middle Ages. A century after Dussaud's "Histoire et religion des Nosair s" (1900), he reviews the history and religion of the sect in the light of old documents used by orientalists in the nineteenth century, documents that became available in the twentieth century, and later sources of the Nu ayr - Alaw sect published most recently in Lebanon. Also studied in depth for the first time is the question of the identity of the sect through the Alaw -Sunn -Sh triangle.
  

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Contents

History of the Nusayrīs
5
The Nusayrī Religion
67
The Nusayrī holidays and the creation of a
152
Identity between Sunna and Shīʿa
175
Conclusion
223
Appendices
239
Primary Nusayrī Sources
241
Titles and Contents of Unavailable Sources
277
The Table of Ranks Based on Abdallāh ibn Muʿāwiyas Kitāb almarātib waʾldaraj
285
List of the Imāms and their bābs
287
Dīwān alKhasībīInformation and Summary
289
A Dustūr Book for Initiates from the Nineteenth Century
295
The Fatwā of Ibn Taymiyya against the Nusayrīs
299
Select Bibliography
311
Index
317
Copyright

Ciphers in the Writings of alTabarānī
281

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About the author (2010)

Yaron Friedman received his doctorate from the Sorbonne in 2006. He lectures in Middle Eastern Studies and teaches Arabic in Israel. He has published previously in "Studia Islamica," " Der Islam" and "Encyclopedia Iranica."

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