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Historical Dictionary of the Druzes - Historical Dictionaries of Peoples and Cultures 3 (Hardback)
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Historical Dictionary of the Druzes - Historical Dictionaries of Peoples and Cultures 3 (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 12/01/2006
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The Druzes are one of the smallest, least studied, and most esoteric religious communities in the Middle East. This is because the Druze teachings remain inaccessible not only to outsiders but also to uninitiated members within the Druze community itself. Furthermore, proselytizing-inducing someone to convert to one's own religious faith-has been prohibited since the establishment of the sect in the 11th century. In order to resist assimilation by the various empires and colonial powers that sought to dominate them-the Byzantines, various Arab dynasties, the Mamluks and Ottomans, the British and French, in addition to the nations that govern them-the Druzes disguise and conceal their beliefs. Therefore, not much is known by outsiders about the Druzes. This dictionary provides nearly one thousand concise and informative cross-referenced A to Z entries on religious, political, and cultural themes, as well as entries on a number of major families and individuals (artists, writers, diplomats, and leaders) who have contributed to the Druze communities. This volume is also complemented with a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and several maps, plates, and genealogical tables.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810853324
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 223 x 176 x 23 mm


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This book is on an interesting topic, and there is not much else available on the subject, so libraries catering for readers in comparative theology or for people concerned with the history and politics of the Levant should consider acquiring copies. * "American Reference Books Annual", Vol. 21, No. 2 (2007) *
In nearly 1,000 entries, Swayd (world religion, religious diversity and comparative mysticism, San Diego State U.) describes the practices of people who, since the founding of their faith in the eleventh century, have been prohibited from proselytizing, resisted assimilation and even disguised their beliefs from both friends and enemies. He outlines the history and growth of discipleship, the ways in which the Druze differentiate the initiated from the not, and the means by which they remain intact in identity. Swayd's chronology and maps are very helpful, and his introduction gives readers a very good idea of what we know about this resilient and esoteric sect. * Reference and Research Book News *

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