The Origins of the Druze People and Religion

The Origins of the Druze People and Religion

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The Druze, who can be traced back to eleventh-century Levant, have long intrigued scholars of the Middle East. Their obscure origins and blending of beliefs from Ismaili Shi'ism, animism, Greek philosophy, Jewish and Christian mysticism, Iranian Gnosticism and even Buddhism, have set them apart from their neighbours. Philip K. Hitti reveals the remarkable Druze pantheon of semi-deities and investigates their dogmas and rituals, noting the stratification between the few Uqqal (elect wise ones) and the numerous Jahil (ignorant ones). The book includes rarely seen extracts from the sacred writings of the Druze.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 132 x 208 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0863566901
  • 9780863566905
  • 283,361

About Philip K. Hitti

Philip K. Hitti was born in Lebanon in 1886, and taught at Princeton University from 1926-54. He was renowned for his contributions to Arab studies in the West.
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