The Druzes in the Jewish State: A Brief History

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BRILL, 1999 - Social Science - 266 pages
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Following the war of 1948 Palestine's Druzes became part of the state of Israel. Overwhelmingly rural, they sought to safeguard their community's age-old ethnic independence by holding on to their traditional ethno-religious particularism. Ethnicity and ethnic issues, however, were ready tools for the Zionists in the pursuit of their policy aims vis-a-vis the state's Arab population. Central among these was the cooptation of part of the Druze elite in an obvious effort to alienate the Druzes from the other Arabs - creating "good" Arabs and "bad" Arabs served the Jewish state as a foil for its ongoing policy of dispossession and control. The author painstakingly documents the political, social and economic factors that ensured the "success" of these Zionist policies, but concludes that the fissured identity of Israel's Druzes today bespeaks a feeling of "musiba," tragedy, within the community itself.

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Chapter One Whence the Druzes?
Chapter Two Particularism Revisited
Traditional Elites
Chapter Four Plowshares into Swords
Promises and Protests
Chapter Six By Way of Conclusion

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About the author (1999)

Kais M. Firro, Ph.D. (1979) in History, University of Nice, France, is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa. He has written extensively on the economic history of Syria and Lebanon in the 19th century while his "A History of the Druzes" (Brill, 1992) ranks among the few classic studies in the field.