The Druze Faith
"A very readable & important work on the history & religion of the Druze community."-Majid Khadduri in The Middle East Journal. This history-making book, published with the approval of the Shaykh al-Akl, spiritual leader of the world's Druze community of one million for the first time lifts the official veil of secrecy surrounding this esoteric branch of Isma'ili Shi'ite Islam. Professor Makarim, himself a Druze, used medieval manuscript sources still under the seal of secrecy, to trace the history, beliefs, & customs of this faith from its origins early in Islam & its founding in the 11th century A.D. under the Fatimid caliphs of Egypt. The book contains translations of numerous quotations from the sacred Druze scriptures, the Six Books of Wisdom, set forth in 111 Epistles by the imam Hamza ibn 'Ali & his disciples; commentaries by leading Druze scholars over the centuries, & several appendixes, including a list of Shi'ite imams & stations, Druze prayers, a description of the Druze domestic law, & important dates in the history of the Druzes.
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