The Druze

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Yale University Press, 1990 - History - 161 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
"A most illuminating essay.”--Choice
"An excellent introduction to the study of the Druze.... Betts adds an extra flavor to his study by providing personal impressions based on his first-hand knowledge of the Druze villages and towns in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.”--Marius Deeb, Middle East Journal
"A first-rate authoritative general survey.”--John Clark, Theological Book Review
 

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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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