The Shīʿīs in PalestineYaron Friedman offers a survey of the presence of Shīʿism in the region of Palestine (today: Israel) from early Islamic history until the contemporary period. It brings to light many pieces of information and interesting developments that are not widely known, in addition to the general point that, contrary to common belief, the Shīʿī community has played a significant role in the history of Palestine. The volume includes a study of Shīʿī shrines in Palestine, as well as showing the importance of these Muslim sites and holy towns in Palestine in the Shīʿī religion.
Yaron Friedman, Ph.D. (Sorbonne 2006), is lecturer and Arabic instructor at the University of Haifa. He published
The Nuṣayrī-ʿAlawīs: An Introduction to the Religion, History and Identity of the Leading Minority in Syria (Brill 2010). He has also published articles in
Studia Islamica, Der Islam, Le Museon and entries in the
Encyclopaedia of Islam (third Edition).
Preface List of Figures and Tables Note on Translations, Dates, and Transliteration
Introduction Medieval and Modern Palestine
From Immigration to the Golden Age 1 The First Shīʿīs in Palestine
2 Palestine under Shīʿī Rule
3 Giving Palestine a Shīʿī Identity: Tombs of the ahl al-bayt
4 Ibn al-ʿArabī and the Shīʿīs of Tiberias and Acre
5 The End of the “Shīʿī Century”
The Disappearance of the Shīʿī Community in Palestine 1 The Ayyūbid Restoration
2 Mamlūk Oppression
The Shīʿīs in Galilee 1 The Region of Safed
2 The Matāwila in Northern Palestine
3 Palestinian and Zionist Views on the Shīʿī Villages
4 The Palestinian Fear of the Return of the Shīʿīs
5 Remaining Shīʿī Sects
Shīʿī Folklore and Religious Traditions about Palestine 1 Shīʿism in Palestinian Folklore
2 Shīʿī Traditions concerning Holy Towns in Palestine
Appendix 1: The Ṭālibiyyūn in Palestine Appendix 2: Photos and Inscriptions of Shīʿī Shrines in Palestine Appendix 3: The Fatwā of Taqī l-Dīn Aḥmad b. Taymiyya concerning the Head of Ḥusayn in Ashkelon Appendix 4: Israeli Documents: Hūnīn 1948—the Missed Opportunity Appendix 5: Interviews with Two Palestinian Shaykhs Who Converted to Shīʿism Appendix 6: A Shīʿī Supplication in the “Shīʿīs of Palestine” Facebook Page Appendix 7: Interview with a Member of the Dāwūdī Bohrās Timeline of Shīʿī History in Palestine Glossary of Shīʿī Terms in the Palestinian Context
All those interested in the history of the Shīʿīs in Palestine, the History of Islam, Shi’ism, Muslim Geography and mausoleums in Palestine.