Histoire des Druses peuple du Liban, formé par une colonie de François… contenant leur origine, leur agrandissement, l’Histoire de l’Emir Facardin (Fakhreddine), leur état actuel & la nature de leur Commerce… Enrichie de figures, de la carte du pays & de notes politiques & geographiques.

Saint Pierre, Puget de.

Book ID: 933


12mo. xii, 310 pp., lacking illustrations & map, contemporary quarter calf, re-backed retaining original spine, new endpaper, edges rubbed, small damp stain on margins not affecting text, otherwise copy in very good condition, no publisher or date & place of publication mentioned, [possibly Paris, 1763].


This history of the Druze is divided into three main chapters:
The first chapter discusses their origins, growth and expansion. A detailed account of the history of their Prince Fakhreddine named the Great and his fall, together with the differences between the Druze and the Maronites.
The second chapter discusses how the Druze developed their actual state with a map of their boundaries of their county- The reign of the Prince Melhem II – The people’s hatred of the Jews and Turks, their government and their religion condensed in one sentence “No God except God” and where the women’s role in society is respected and honoured.
The third chapter is on the nature of their trade mostly with Florence, Venice and later Marseille with the inconveniences and the feasibility in expanding their trade, which was mostly based on silk and cotton.
Bibliographic References: Brunet VI, 28028; Chadenat 5598 & Rohricht 1475 for 1763 edition.

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