Exposé de la religion des Druzes: Tiré des livres religieux de cette secte, et précédé d'une introduction et de la vie du ... Asiatic Society) (Volume 1) (French Edition)

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Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy 1758 1838 , the most distinguished French orientalist of his time, is considered the father of Arab scholarship in Europe He had a lifelong interest in a little known religious community, the Druze, which emerged in the eleventh century as an Ismaili schismatic movement De Sacy s monumental study was begun in the 1790s, when he translated some of the Druze scriptures from Arabic to French Such was his commitment to learning about the Druze that he waited forty years before publishing this two volume work in 1838, as he hoped to uncover further source material It offers pioneering insight into the religious system founded by Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad during the reign of the caliph al Hakim bi Amr Allah Volume 1 looks at the early history and doctrines of the Ismaili movement before expanding on the reign of al Hakim 996 1021.











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