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Title: The Druzes in the Jewish State
Author: Firro, Kais M
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1999
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004112513
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 268
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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--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.'Die vorliegende Arbeit ist ein absolutes Mu� fr alle Drusenforscher, aber auch eine ampfehlenswerte Lektre fr all diejenigen, die sich fr die innere Dynamik und Wandlungsfhrigkeit von Minderheiten und ihre beziehungen zur sie umgebenden Mehrheit interessieren.'Bernadette Schenk, Die Welt des Islams, 2001.Readership: All those interested in ethnic and minorities studies, the history of the Druzes, the Arabs in the Jewish state, the making of Israel, the contemporary Middle East.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.