The Israeli Druze Community in Transition: Between Tradition and Modernity

Deborah Court, Randa Khair Abbas

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    While there are books that describe the history and traditions of the Druze as an ethnic and religious group, this is the first and only academic book of its kind. It gives voice to the Israeli Druze, through in-depth interviews with 120 people, 60 young adults and 60 of their parents’ generation. How is this traditional group, bound together through the centuries by their secret religion and strong value system, dealing with modernization? What contradictions and continuity come to light in the stories of this people during a time of transition? Can their religion, and their very identity, survive the meeting with the modern, technological world? What resources do the young and the not-so-young bring to the task of preserving their community and helping it to flourish as the world changes around them?

    The people in this text answer these questions through the telling of their stories, in which they express their values, opinions, beliefs and aspirations. The book draws out theoretical, practical, religious and sociological implications from this analysis, in order to shed light on the challenges faced by other traditional societies meeting modernity.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    Number of pages113
    ISBN (Print)9781527566729
    StatePublished - 16 Mar 2021


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