from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a Syrian people following a religion marked by monotheism and a belief in al-Hakim (985-1021), an Ismaili caliph, as the embodiment of God.
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- proper n. A secretive community based mainly in the Middle East, whose religion is influenced by Islam.
- n. A member of this community.
- adj. Of, relating to, or to this religious community.
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- n. an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God
The name Druze comes from al-Hakim's first missionary, al-Darazi
The Druze are an offshoot of Shia Islam, and the sect keeps its dogma and rituals a closely guarded secret.
The Druze are a rather more complicated case because their own tradition, supported by genetic evidence is that the formative community of the Druze were polyethnic.
The Druze are a nation within the nations in which they dwell, they have not proselytized or sought out any converts to their religion since 1043, when the Druze became a closed community.
The name Druze comes from al-Hakim's first missionary, al-Darazi (d.
The Druze are a limited exception, again, serving so as to obtain rights excluded to them as ordinary citizens in the Jewish State.
In particular, the Ismaili Aga Khan Imams and the Bohri Imams both trace their direct lineage to the Fatimid caliphs, and the group known as the Druze also are an offshoot of the Fatimid dynasty.
Now, asking a graduate student in the history of Islam whether Wu-Tang lyrics prove that Elijah Muhammad was a Druze is a little bit like asking your doctor about colloidal silver.
(and traditionally persecuted by them) that the Druze are the only Israeli Arabs subject to conscription.
I am a proud Israeli - along with many other non-Jewish Israelis such as Druze, Bahai, Bedouin, Christians and Muslims, who live in one of the most culturally diversified societies and the only true democracy in the Middle East.
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