February Readers' Book Club


The Druze of Belgrade

The Druze of BelgradeRabee Jaber
Published by Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi

After the 1860 Civil War in Mount Lebanon, a number of fighters from the religious Druze community are forced into exile, travelling by sea to the fortress of Belgrade on the boundary of the Ottoman Empire. In exchange for the freedom of a fellow fighter, they take with them a Christian man from Beirut called Hanna Yacoub; an unfortunate egg seller who happens to be sitting at the port. The Druze of Belgrade follows their adventures in the Balkans, as they struggle to stay alive

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Further reading

Rabee Jaber's Homepage in English and in Arabic
The Druze of Belgrade synopsis in English by Hamed Anwar
Interview with Rabee Jaber
Druze of Belgrade Odyssey book review in Arabic by khaled Horob
The Story of Hanna Yacoub book review in Arabic by Misloon Hady