REPORT & INVITATION: POST MORTEM (3)
- POST MORTEM - LIFE AFTER LIFE (3)
A Druze View
Some 50 people attended on 17 June 2002 the third session of the
joint group study about life after life, the session in which the Druze
view was presented by Prof. Fadel Mansur.
Prof. Mansur started by describing briefly the background of the Druze
religion, that grew out of Ismaili Islam in the beginning of the 11th
century in Egypt. The gates of the Druze religion are closed to new
believers and the religion is secret - both outwards: its principles are
not published and its scriptures are not printed; and inward: it is not
taught but to special individuals. It is a monotheistic religion that
accepts Yitro as a prophet, forbids alcohol and pork, does not allow
polygamy and gives equal rights to women in divorce procedures.
The Druze believe in reincarnation and base that belief on Ecclesiastes 1,
9: "What was is what will be and there is nothing new under the sun". Each
species reincarnates in its own. According to the Druze belief at he time
of death the soul immediately moves to another body, and the reincarnation
cycle will end in the end of days. Therefore there are no names and
special signs in cemeteries.
The presentation was followed by a lively and long discussion.
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The concluding session will take place on Monday, 24 June 2002, at 18:30
in Beit Hillel on Mt. Scopus.
* Dr. Muhammad Hourani, research fellow in Hartman Institute will
present the Muslim view.
After that he will be joined, for a panel discussion, by:
* Rabbi Dov Maimon, Ph.D. student at Sorbon University
* Fr. Dr. David Neuhaus, Professor at Bet Jalla Theological
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