The Druze

Robert Brenton Betts

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In the first complete account of the Druze, Robert Brenton Betts provides a general survey of the history, traditions, and society of this secretive Arab sect.  Betts, who has spent a great deal of time with the Druze, interweaves his firsthand observations with a wealth of primary and secondary sources, describing not only their thousand-year history but also their political significance in today’s Middle East.
“A deeply informed, brightly written account of the Druze that will be read with profit by students of Middle East history, politics, religion, and anthropology as well as by everyone with an interest in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.”—Michael C. Hudson, Georgetown University
“A broad and exotic historical view.”—Jewish Chronicle
“A most illuminating essay.”—Choice
“An excellent introduction to the study of the Druze…. Betts adds an extra flavor to his study by providing personal impressions based on his first-hand knowledge of the Druze villages and towns in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.”—Marius Deeb, Middle East Journal
“A first-rate authoritative general survey.”—John Clark, Theological Book Review

"An excellent introduction to the study of the Druze."—Marius Deeb, Middle East Journal

"A first-rate authoritative general survey of the secretive but important Druze sect . . . by an American expert on minority peoples of the Middle East with long personal association with the Druze."—John Clark, Theological Book Review

"Robert Brenton Betts has provided a brief history of the Druze community and faith that will be useful to Middle East specialists and accessible to wider audiences."—Philip S. Khoury, American Historical Review

"Robert Brenton Betts has written an excellent survey of the Druze communities of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. . . . For the first time in the English language, we have a comprehensive study of the Druze people or nation. . . . This book is a welcome addition to our knowledge of this mysterious sect of the East."—A.J. Abraham, International Journal on World Peace

"An excellent introduction to the study of the Druze. . . . Betts adds an extra flavor to his study by providing personal impressions based on his first-hand knowledge of the Druze villages and towns in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel."—Marius Deeb, Middle East Journal

"[A] broad and exotic historical view"—Jewish Chronicle

"A deeply informed, brightly written account of the Druze that will be read with profit by students of Middle East history, politics, religion, and anthropology as well as by everyone with an interest in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel."—Michael C. Hudson, Georgetown University
ISBN: 9780300048100
Publication Date: September 10, 1990
192 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
27 b/w illus.