Historical Dictionary Of The Druzes by Samy S. SwaydHistorical Dictionary Of The Druzes by Samy S. Swayd

Historical Dictionary Of The Druzes

bySamy S. Swayd

Hardcover | January 12, 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.
Samy Swayd teaches courses on religious diversity and Islamic Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU). He is the founder and acting director of the Institute of Druze Studies (IDS), the co-editor of the Journal of Druze Studies (JDS), and the author of The Druzes: An Annotated Bibliography (1998) and Druze Scriptural Identity (for...
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Title:Historical Dictionary Of The DruzesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.76 × 6.92 × 0.9 inPublished:January 12, 2006Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810853329

ISBN - 13:9780810853324

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Note on Translation and Transliteration Part 5 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 6 Maps Chapter 7 Druze Communities in the Middle East Chapter 8 Druze Towns and Villages in Lebanon Chapter 9 Druze Towns and Villages in Syria Chapter 10 Druze Towns and Villages in Israel Part 11 Chronology Part 12 Introduction Part 13 THE DICTIONARY Part 14 Appendixes Chapter 15 A. The Fatimids Chapter 16 B. The Buhturis Chapter 17 C. The Ma'nis Chapter 18 D. The Shihabis Part 19 Bibliography Part 20 About the Author

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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.