By Abbas Halabi

ISBN-10: 1859643531

ISBN-13: 9781859643532

The Druze, a much-misunderstood Muslim sect essentially inhabiting the Levant, have continued centuries of persecution via orthodox components opposed to Islam's wealthy sectarian range as a result of their esoteric divergence from mainstream Islam. consequently, they've got turn into a 'fighting minority', as defined by way of one in every of their such a lot illustrious leaders. Druze spiritual trust branched out from 10th- and eleventh-century Shi'ism, and comprises components derived from Islamic mysticism. It enshrines all spiritual colleges, yet posits istelf because the sole route to mystical wisdom. Druze teachings are saved mystery, so libel and slander via their rivals were typically left uncorrected. The Druze have most popular taqiyya (dissimulation) whilst independence or freedom of trust proved inconceivable, which has exacerbated lack of awareness in their religion. Such mystification makes any enquiry into Druze doctrine or background a fragile endeavour. during this worthy examine, in spite of the fact that, Abbas Halabi (himself from a well-liked Druze kin and heavily all for Lebanese Druze coverage) elucidates misconceptions approximately Druze origins. Halabi elaborates at the political function performed by way of the Druze within the heritage of the sector, and evaluates their possibilities of survival in an period while spiritual tolerance and political democracy are nonetheless nascent.

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The Druze, a much-misunderstood Muslim sect basically inhabiting the Levant, have persisted centuries of persecution by means of orthodox parts adversarial to Islam's wealthy sectarian variety because of their esoteric divergence from mainstream Islam. consequently, they've got develop into a 'fighting minority', as defined through one among their so much illustrious leaders.

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