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The Druzes

A New Study of their History, Faith and Society (Second Edition)

Abu-Izzeddin

When this book was first published in 1984, it was the first extensive study of the Druzes to appear for many years. A small community native only in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, the Druzes have exercised an influence around them greater than their numerical strength. Living for the most part in mountainous territories they have maintained an independent existence for a thousand years.
This book places the beliefs of the Druzes in the context of the history of Shī‘ism in its Ismā‘īlī form, from which their faith developed. It also describes the role of the Druze community in the history of Lebanon and Syria. In the preparation of this book, the author, a Druze herself, has made use not only of the readily available Arabic and European sources but also of documents and manuscripts that are less easily accessible.
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The Druzes

A New Study of Their History, Faith and Society

Abu-Izzeddin