Part I – Faiths, Commandments, and the Life-Cycle – deals with practical religious commandments, religious rights and ceremonies, and the life-cycle of the individual.
Part II – Spiritual Leadership and Community Organization – treats the spiritual leadership in various countries of the Middle East throughout their history.
Part III – Population, Society, and Identity in Israel – discusses the role of family, society, and religious identity, and the changes in attitudes that have taken place in recent generations.
Part IV – Laws of Personal Status – is an analysis of the laws of personal status of individuals, and of the implementation of these laws in practice in the Druze religious courts.
This is an especially accessible guide to Druze belief, ritual practice, ethnography, and history… The author has collected excellent demographic material on the Israel community and provides a clear and concise analysis of its social structure and struggle with change… This important little volume is arguably the best introduction currently available in English… Essential.” Social & Behavioral Sciences
“Nissim Dana’s account of the Druze’s life cycle,
community organization, and faith … provides an insightful
commentary and overview of a particularist faith’s orthodoxy
and orthopraxy.” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences