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Epilogue: Will the Samaritans Endure?

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The Samaritans have mastered the great demographic crisis of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The waning sect of the nineteenth-century reports, impoverished and terrified, is a thing of the past. Samaritans are as prosperous, healthy, and safe as they have ever been, and are proudly aware of their special religious tradition. Certainly, for a start, Samaritan identity is of the kind that is particularly difficult to claim in isolation. Religion, descent, and kinship are powerful collective forces that create multiple bonds and dependencies, and they represent the main constituents of Samaritan identity after all. Samaritans are much more concerned about the challenge they perceive to come from the modern and comparatively individualist social climate they face in Israel.

Keywords: arranged marriage; samaritan community; samaritan identity



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