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The Druzes in the Jewish State: A Brief History (Hardcover – April 1, 1999, NEW!)

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  • Series: Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East an (Book 64)
  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Brill (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004112510
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004112513
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
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Following the war of 1948 Palestine’s Druzes became part of the state of Israel. Overwhelmingly rural, they sought to safeguard their community’s age-old ethnic independence by holding on to their traditional ethno-religious particularism. Ethnicity and ethnic issues, however, were ready tools for the Zionists in the pursuit of their policy aims vis-à-vis the state’s Arab population. Central among these was the cooptation of part of the Druze elite in an obvious effort to alienate the Druzes from the other Arabs – creating “good” Arabs and “bad” Arabs served the Jewish state as a foil for its ongoing policy of dispossession and control.


The author painstakingly documents the political, social and economic factors that ensured the “success” of these Zionist policies, but concludes that the fissured identity of Israel’s Druzes today bespeaks a feeling of musiba, tragedy, within the community itself.


About the Author

Kais M. Firro, Ph.D. (1979) in History, University of Nice, France, is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa. He has written extensively on the economic history of Syria and Lebanon in the 19th century while his A History of the Druzes (Brill, 1992) ranks among the few classic studies in the field.

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Weight 23 oz
Dimensions 10 × 6.2 × 1 in


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