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LC classificationBL1695 Religion
Topical headingDruzes
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See alsoIslamic sects
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Scope noteHere are entered works on the Islamic sect known as Druzes and works on its adherants as a class of persons.
Found inWikipedia, May 8, 2008 (The Druze (Arabic: derzī or durzī, plural durūz; Hebrew: Druzim; also transliterated Druz or Druse) are a religious community found primarily in Lebanon, Israel, and Syria whose traditional religion is said to have begun as an offshoot of the Ismaili sect of Islam, but is unique in its incorporation of Gnostic, neo-Platonic and other philosophies. Because of such incorporation many Islamic scholars label the Druze as a non-Muslim sect. Theologically, Druze consider themselves "an Islamic Unist, reformatory sect". The Druze call themselves Ahl al-Tawhid ("People of Monotheism") or al-Muwahhidūn (Unitarians))
Britannica online, May 8, 2008 (Druze, also spelled Druse, Arabic plural Duruz, singular Darazi: relatively small Middle Eastern religious sect characterized by an eclectic system of doctrines and by a cohesion and loyalty among its members (at times politically significant) that have enabled them to maintain through almost a thousand years of turbulent history their close-knit identity and distinctive faith. They call themselves muwahhidun ("monotheists"); the Druze; the Druze people)
The American heritage dict. of the Engl. lang., via WWW, May 8, 2008 (Druze, also Druse: 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.)
Israel's Druze community - Israeli Druzim, via Web site, May 8, 2008 (The Druze are not regarded as Muslims by other Muslims, yet they believe they are carriers of the core of the religion. The Druze comprise a sect which is not widely regarded as being "truly" Islam by many Muslims. This group diverged from mainstream Islam in the eleventh century; Druze in Israel; Druzes)
Druzim blog, via, May 8, 2008 (the Druzim fight alongside Jewish soldiers, and are admired for their heroism as well in the defense of their country)
Institute of Druze Studies Web site, May 8, 2008: Druzes (The Druzes are a Middle Eastern minority group with their formal origins in the 11th century. They are perhaps one of the most misunderstood and understudied religious sects in the world. Most Druzes live today in mountainous regions in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Jordan.)
The expositor. Sixth series, 1904, via Google book search, May 8, 2008: v. 10, p. 406 (the Druses or Darazis)
The Word of Islam, 1994, via Google book search, May 8, 2008: p. 201 (The Durūz faith) p. 202 (new version of Sevener religion found followers, called the Unitarians (Muwahhidūn) in the mountains of geographical Syria, where the Durūz are still found today in tightly knit communities)