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The Other Spiritualities of the Middle East: The Minority Religious Traditions of the Ahl-E Haqq, the Mandaeans and the Yezidis Paperback – 19 Jul 2013


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Muhammed Al Da'mi (born, 1955) is Professor of English and Orientalist Literature. His work in the academia exceeds twenty seven years in the Universities of Baghdad, Aden, Irbid, Yarmouk and ASU (USA). He is author of a number of books and scholarly papers in Arabic and English. He contributes to the Arabic press weekly. Al Da'mi is a member in several Iraqi and Arabic cultural and specialized societies, including The House of Wisdom, Baghdad. He has been interviewed by several satellite channels both Arabic and American.


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HASH(0x8e7ae0b4) out of 5 stars The Problem of Religious Minorities in the Middle East 13 Sept. 2013
By LIQA ALWARD - Published on Amazon.com
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Although misconceived as "The Bible Land" by Westerners, the Middle East is originally a region haunted by various religious traditions and cults which antedate Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The virtue of this study is in its externalization of forgotten religions which are embraced by minorities that try to define themselves and their social roles in an area torn by civil wars and foreign intervention. Such religions transfer one's awareness to ancient epochs that first witnessed man's search for a meaning and for a link with the hereafter at the heart of the ancient world, Mesopotamia. The author makes an important attempt in the conclusion to specify certain patterns of collective behavior which he notes with reference to such communities.
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HASH(0x8e41fbac) out of 5 stars Well-intentioned, but not very informative 23 Dec. 2013
By Leonard Fox - Published on Amazon.com
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The author (presumably a Muslim, to judge by his given name) is to be congratulated on his openness to and positive regard for the non-Islamic spiritual traditions of the Middle East. His intentions in writing this book were obviously very good, but regrettably his presentation is quite superficial. Readers seeking substantive information on the beliefs and theology of the Yaresan (the Ahl-e Haqq), the Yezidis, and the Mandaeans will be disappointed, as there is little to be gleaned on these subjects from the text. Unfortunately, too, the book is marred by frequent typos and grammatical errors: it should really have been properly edited before being published.

The serious student of religion would do far better to consult M. Reza Hamzeh'ee's work, "The Yaresan," Philip G. Kreyenbroek's excellent book, "Yezidism" (and his other fine publications on the Kurds in general and the Yezidis in particular), and Lady E.S. Drower's superb studies of the Mandaeans.
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HASH(0x8fe36d2c) out of 5 stars The Gorgeous East 13 Sept. 2013
By Muhammed Aldami - Published on Amazon.com
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Ishtar, the Gate of Babylon, which appears on the front cover of the Other Spiritualities is gateway to a different Middle East, not the one that the oil-thirsty pursues, the one that lures the Orientalist, the hermit and the Truth-seeker. The religious traditions Al-Da'mi studies are essentially residual remnants from ancient, pre-Christian faiths which meet peacefully, though ironically, in the land that is now a superheated theater of sectarian conflict and civil unrest.
HASH(0x8ee4ba50) out of 5 stars the Mandaeans & the Yezidis is surely no easy task, considering the scarcity of the sources 9 Dec. 2014
By Dr. Tiara Al - Published on Amazon.com
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A book of Special Interest

To explore the hidden worlds of the submerged religious traditions of the Ahl-e Haqq, the Mandaeans & the Yezidis is surely no easy task, considering the scarcity of the sources, let alone the silence of their custodians, the clergymen, on a broad range of their religions' beliefs, traditions and rituals. One is therefore grateful to Muhammed Aldami for this significant contribution to this field which swings between religion proper and anthropology. No less significant are the author's important observations concerning the behavioral patterns of the religious minorities that embrace such residual, syncretistic spiritual systems of `the gorgeous East'.
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HASH(0x8e53e714) out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 16 Oct. 2014
By Roy Waidler - Published on Amazon.com
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I was underwhelmed by this book. It is written in an English that is not native to the author and gives very little in the way of information from anthropological and ethnological studies. It is little more than hearsay IMHO. If you are seeking first-rate information about the Mandaeans, Yezidis and the Yaresan, I'd advise you to first read the relevant articles in Wikipedia, then pursue the works by the authors cited there. Don't waste your money.
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