A History of The Druzes.

Firro, Kais M.

Book ID: 20962

ISBN:      9004094377


8vo. xiv, 395 pp., [3], 9 maps, cloth in d/w, biblio, index, Handbook of Oriental Studies Series, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1992.


“This book deals with the history of the Druze community using an interdisciplin ary approach to describe, analyze, and explain historical events and processes. Part one offers an introduction to the early history of the Druzes, focusing on religious, political, and social features that fostered the Druze community as a religious minority with its own particular characteristics. It also explains and analyzes controversial theories concerning religious, radical, and historical issues in order to facilitate an understanding of the Druzes today. Part two examines the period of decline of the Druzes in Lebanon and the emergence of their new w center of settlement in Hawran as well as the sociopolitical significance of the decline against the background of the history of the community. Part three studies the situation of the Druze community during the years 1860-1914, when the new settlement in Hawran took over the role played by the community in Lebanon in the past. It discusses the rise of the Atrash family, the type of feudality that existed in Hawran, the interaction of the Druze community with its environment, and the community’s internal sociopolitical development. Part four is concerned with the repercussions of the mandate system on the sociopolitical situation of the Druze community in the new constellation characterized by the dispute between Britain and France and by the emergence of Arab national movements. The post-1946/48 years are dealt with in a concluding part which surveys the Druze communities in Syria, Lebanon and Israel and provides an historical perspective in each of these countries.”

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