The Druze

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1990 - History - 192 pages
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In the first complete account of the Druze, Robert Brenton Betts provides a general survey of the history, traditions, and society of this secretive Arab sect. Betts, who has spent a great deal of time with the Druze, interweaves his firsthand observations with a wealth of primary and secondary sources, describing not only their thousand-year history but also their political significance in today's Middle East. A deeply informed, brightly written account of the Druze that will be read with profit by students of Middle East history, politics, religion, and anthropology as well as by everyone with an interest in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.-Michael C. Hudson, Georgetown University A broad and exotic historical view.-Jewish Chronicle
 

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Contents

The Origins Religious Tenets and Traditions of the Druze
15
Social Structure Customs and Demography
33
Druze Demography in the TwentiethCentury Middle East
55
The Growth and Gradual Decline of Druze Power in Greater
69
The Druze under British and French Mandate and
84
Appendix
121
Bibliography
148
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ROBERT BRENTON BETTS is a retired professor at the University of Balamand, Lebanon, and at the American University of Beirut. He holds a PhD in international relations and Middle East studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is the author of three previously published books: "Christians in the Arab East: A Political Study" (John Knox Press, 1978), "The Druze" (Yale University Press, 1988), and "The Southern Portals of Byzantium" (Musical Times, 2009). He lives in Summerville, South Carolina.

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