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Druze are a branch of Ismaili(not to be confused with Nizari) Shia Islam?Edit

The Druze seem like a sect within the sect of Ismailism (Containing many other sects such as the Bohra & Nizari[Aga Khan] amongst others) within the Hia sect of Islam, similar to the Bahai who are also an offshoot of Shia Islam.

So are the Druze a subset of Ismaili Islam or a group of Shia of their own separate from the Ismaili subset of the Shia set within Islam? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 21:22, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Response: The Druze historically started as Ismailis but later separated from them and are not a subset of Ismaili Islam. They do not obey the Aga Khan, leader of Ismailis, and their teachings, s well as their obedience. diverted from Ismaili teachings centuries ago. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:36, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

12th centuryEdit

Benjamin of Tudela wrote about the Druze at Mount Hermon. Surely his account is worth a mention in the article.--ארינמל (talk) 22:25, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

On a different note, I have come across another description of incest among the Druze, which Tudela also mentioned. Apparently this was a common libel for a long time. This 18th century traveler, who, like Tudela, repeats hearsay, writes that it was "commonly reported" the Druze were "inter-marrying with their nearest relations." Philip Hitti covers these charges in his book. Articles 12 and 13 in the 1948 Personal Law of the Druze forbid incest.--ארינמל (talk) 00:43, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

COMMENT: The Druze intermarry a lot; in particular Druze marry frequently their cousins. While this is not considered incestuous in Druze culture, it is considered 'incest' in some other cultures, in which marrying a first cousin is prohibited by tradition. This has led to Druze being viewed as incestuous in some other cultures which have come into contact with them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:38, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

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Discussing changes suggested to introductionEdit

Please lets discuss these points on the current Druze article versus my suggested changes :

The Druze faith is an esoteric monotheistic religion based on the teachings of several Ismaili figures like Hamza ibn-'Ali ibn-Ahmad and Al-Muqtana Baha'uddin who were influenced by Greek philosophers such as Plato ,Aristotle and Plotinus.


The Druze faith is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of high Islamic figures like Hamza ibn-'Ali ibn-Ahmad and Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, and Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Reason for Edit : - The main distiction about the Druze faith is being esoteric Batini this should be mentioned

- Druze are not an Abrahamic religion but monotheist , the position of Abraham is different for the Druze than the three abrahamic faiths

- high Islamic figures is not accurate , the prophet mohammad is a high islamic figure , Hamza was a preacher , Al-Hakim was the Fatimid Caliph , a more historically accurate and appropriate description is Ismaili

and other philosophies and beliefs, creating a distinct syncretic and secretive theology that is passed on through initiation

Verus :

and secretive theology known to interpret esoterically religious scriptures, and to highlight the role of the mind and truthfulness.

Reason for Edit :

Role of the mind and truthfulness is an over simplification of the Druze theology and its the universal mind nous rather than mind as human mind

− Also

Druze are theologically distinct from Muslims due to their eclectic system of doctrines [1] such as the belief in theophany and reincarnation .[2] , although Al Azhar of Egypt recognized them in 1959 as one of the Islamic sects in the Al-Azhar Shia Fatwa. [3][4][5][6][7]

− − − The Druze were subjected to persecution due to political and religious reasons during the Fatimid, Mamluks and Ottomans rule .[8] Most recently, Druze were targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Al-Qaeda[9] in order to cleanse Syria and neighboring countries of non-Islamic influence.[10]

Reason for Edit : Its important to mention main difference between Druze and orthodox islam as well the source of Fatwa

Also subsituted the persecution paragraph with a summary since its the introduction and details are found in body


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  2. ^ Nisan 2002, p. 95.
  3. ^ "Reforming Islam in Egypt". Economist.
  4. ^ Nisan, Mordechai. Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle and Self-Expression. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-5133-5.
  5. ^ Kayyali, Randa. The Arab Americans. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-33219-3.
  6. ^ Sorenson, David. Global Security Watch-Lebanon: A Reference Handbook: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 0-313-36579-2.
  7. ^ Abdul-Rahman, Muhammed Saed. Islam: Questions And Answers — Schools of Thought, Religions and Sects. AMSA Publication Limited. ISBN 5-551-29049-2.
  8. ^ Hitti 1924.
  9. ^ Al-Khalidi, Suleiman. "Calls for aid to Syria's Druze after al Qaeda kills 20". Reuters.
  10. ^ "Syria: ISIS Imposes 'Sharia' on Idlib's Druze".
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