"The Druze, who primarily live in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, have a mysterious religion which has been the subject of much speculation over the centuries. In the 19th century manuscript copies of their religious literature were spirited away to collections in Europe and the United States, and scholars were finally able to access them. This monograph by the distinguished Arabist, Philip K. Hitti, written in the early 20th century, covers the literature on the origin and history of the Druze, and includes a few samples of their sacred literature. " (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Table of Contents:
Publisher s Preface; Foreword; Preface; A Unique And Secret Sect; Social And Historical Development; Racial Origins; The Persian Origin Of The Druzes; Druze Theology And Its Sources; Dogmas And Precepts; Folklore; Appendix A Covenant Of Induction Into The Religion Of The Ruler Of The Age; Appendix B Al-ḤĀkim's Ordinance Prohibiting The Use Of Wine; Appendix C Excerpt From The Charter Found Posted On The Walls Of The Mosques On The Occasion Of The Disappearance Of Our Lord Al-imĀm Al-ḤĀkim; Appendix D Excerpt From The Epistle Entitled Al-qusṬanṬĪniyyah Addressed By BahĀ -al-dĪn To The Byzantine Emperor Constantine ; Appendix E Excerpt From BahĀ -al-dĪn's Epistle Entitled Christianity; Appendix F Exhortations And Prayers By Al-sayyid abdullĀh Al-tanŪkhi ; Index; Endnotes
About the Publisher:
Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org
Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.
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About the Author:
"Philip K. Hitti was born in Lebanon in 1886. From 1913 until his death in 1978, he lived for the most part in the USA, teaching first at Columbia and later at Princeton, from which he retired in 1954 as Professor of Semitic Literature and Chairman of the Department of Oriental Languages. The author of many works on Oriental subjects, Philip K. Hitti was active in numerous roles related to the study of Near East languages and politics, and to the promotion of international cultural organizations." (Quote from onlineislamicstore.com)
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