By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. The Muḥammadan Law Abrogated:—Between unbridled allegorical interpretation of the law and its virtual suspension lies one short step, and that step was actually taken by Ḥamzah, the real founder of the Druze religion. I, pp. 30:4 This science is represented in Islam by the "Ḥurūfi" school and the Bektāshi order of dervishes. 292-329. In Allah there are no attributes distinct from his essence. From the supreme God there proceed a number of beings in a descending scale of dignity who are arranged in pairs, male and female.". Also called the Druse, Duruz, Duroz, and the Tawhid faith, there are about 750,000-800,000 of them today, primarily in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. 234-247. Soft drusen increases your risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 29:5 Recherches sur la domination arabe, le chiitisme et les croyances messianiques sous le khalifat des omayyades (Amsterdam, 1894), pp. 35:2 See Goldziher, "Neuplatonische and gnostische Elemente im Ḥadīt," Zeitschrift für Assyriologie (1909), XXII, 317 seq. The Druze are unique among the Arab communities in Israel, known for their loyalty to the state. The Disappearance and Triumphal Return of al-Ḥākim:—Closely allied to the incarnational theory, and working out as a corollary from it, was the belief in the immortal character of the Imām in whose case "disappearance" (ghaybah) takes the place of death and whose final "return" (raj‘ah) is expected so that he may lead his people in triumph to a new and happy age. The influence of the Christian incarnation precedent must have been too widespread and too apparent to have escaped the attention of the early Moslem thinkers. Adam for instance has Ḥārith ibn-Tarmāḥ against him. He later served briefly as a parliamentary speaker in 1965 until his arrest in 1966. Sulṭān al-Aṭrash, leader of the Druze revolt against French rule. 2, Following their spiritual ancestors, the Ismā‘īliyyah, the Druzes also believe in seven heavens, seven seas, seven earths and seven hidden Imāms. Aug. 30, 1996. Each one of these legislating prophets (Nāṭiq) has by his side a minor prophet (Asās) acting as a lieutenant or substitute and having under him twelve disciples (Ḥujjah). 26:2 Dhayl Kitāb Tajārib al-Umam, ed. 3. Modern European Semitic scholars, led by Ignacz Goldziher, have, however, been inclined to underrate the eastern influence. According to Druze doctrine the "return" of al-Ḥakīm will result in the triumph of the Unitarian religion and the worldly reward of its adherents, who will thus become high office-holders, to the discomfiture and affliction of all infidels and apostates who are then metamorphosed into menial servants, swine and dogs. cit., III, 7; Appendix C. 32:1 Cf. Druze soldiers have since fought for Israel in every Arab-Israeli war. Another Druze revolt led to a national uprising and the overthrow of Pres. 35:4 Recognitiones, III, S9, 61; Homilies, II, I S. 35:5 Cf. 2. preached to him by a "Licensed" or a "Propagator." The Druze of Nazareth and Beyond Free translations for the asking - see the list here: Credits: Produced by The Vero Essene Yahad Jackson Snyder Presents: The … 42:2 Kitāb al-Ḥayawān (Cairo, 1323 A.H.), IV, 146-147. 4 Their functions are not clearly defined in the Druze manuscripts, but seem to be of the missionary type. Lebanese Druze (Arabic: دروز لبنان ‎, romanized: durūz lubnān) are Druze people with Lebanese citizenship. And as in modern Bahā‘ism so in ancient Druzism, resort is had to Pythagorean subtleties and to the occult art of manipulating letters and combinations of letters assigning cabalistic numerical values 4 to them in order to. Essene, member of a religious sect or brotherhood that flourished in Palestine from about the 2nd century bc to the end of the 1st century ad. 32:2 See G. van Vloten, "Zur Abbasidengeschidite," ZDMG, LII, 218 seq. Please select which sections you would like to print: While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies. A course ṣūf 4 (wool) outer garment is the distinguishing dress of the former, among whom the most meritorious Ajāwīd lead an almost ascetic life. Under no condition is he thereafter to touch alcoholic liquor or to smoke. 44-50, 55-7f. (See Appendix B.). First among these was al-Saba’iyyah, so called after a Jew who declared ‘Ali god. After the Sunni leadership in Jerusalem threatened in 1942 to take control of the tomb of Jethro (called Shuʿayb by the Druze) in Tiberias, the Druze sided with Jewish forces in the 1948 war. This can be ascertained from the meaning of the Arabic names applied to them and from a study of corresponding officials in the Bāṭiniyyah system, which was one of the best and most efficiently organized systems of religious propaganda that Islam ever developed. The antecedent of this general idea should be sought in the abrogation by Muḥammad of the Jewish law 4 and is in harmony, though not identical, with the Marcionite Gnostic theories. Solving the 2,000 Year Old Mystery of the Druze. 370-375; Browne, "Literature and Doctrine of the Ḥurūfi Sect," Journal Royal Asiatic Society, Jan., 1898. 28:3 Al-Milal w-al-Niḥal, on the margin of ibn-Ḥazm. Although the idea was probably encouraged by al-Ḥākim himself, it was condemned as heresy by the Fāṭimid religious establishment, which held that al-Ḥākim and his predecessors were divinely appointed but not themselves divine. In 1957, the Israeli government designated the Druze a distinct ethnic community at the request of its communal leaders. The Druze favorite name for themselves is Muwaḥḥidūn 3—Unitarians—believers in one and only one God. History has preserved for us the names of few who on different occasions tried to impersonate the returned al-Ḥakīm. This makes it necessary for God to create, by emanation from the "Universal Mind," a second minister—the "Universal Soul." This Moslem Mahdi idea was subjected to Semitic Judaeo-Christian Messianic influences on the one hand, and, in its later development, to Iranian-Mandaean influences. This "Universal Soul" is in the position of a wife to the "Universal Mind," and from it emanates the "Word." In its further development the "return" doctrine (parousia) gave rise to interesting eschatological ideas to which unbridled human fancies contributed their fantastic share. 42:4 For the origin of the word "Ṣūfi" from ṣūf = wool, see Nöldeke in ZDMG, XLVII, 47.f. cit., pp. 41:2 These precepts occur in many Druze MSS. Ismā‘il ibn-Muḥammad is identified with the first heaven; Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdullāh, with the fourth; al-Ḥusayn ibn-Muḥammad, with the fifth and ‘Abdullāh ibn-al-Mahdi with the seventh. His opposition to Syrian interference in Lebanon tended to give him a markedly pro-Western orientation. 26:3 Wafayāt al-A‘yān (Cairo, 1299 A.H.), III, 4-7, English translation by MacGuckin de Slane (4 vols., Paris, 1842-1871), III, 449 seq. Cf. Hard drusen may not cause vision problems at all, or they may not cause problems for a long time. At that point, proselytism ended, and the Druze ceased to recognize conversions to the faith. Following the Ismā‘īliyyah precedent, Ḥamzah, in his Kitāb al-Naqḍ al-Khafi, went so far as to abolish the so-called five pillars of Islam, including fasting, pilgrimage and almsgiving, and substituted for them four articles of faith relating to the knowledge of God, of Ḥamzah, the ministers, and the seven moral precepts. 38-40; Flügel, Mani, pp. 28:5 An early Druze MS. al-Radd ‘ala al-Risālah al-Dāmighah li-al-Fāsiq al-Nuṣayri was written by Ḥamzah to refute the charges of a Nuṣayri. Most live in Syria and Lebanon, but smaller numbers reside in Israel, Jordan and outside of the Middle East. At the tomb of the holy man or woman to whom the shrine is dedicated, the Druze pray quietly, leave small gifts of food and money, and take away small pieces of colored cloth as tokens of divine blessing to be kept in their homes or in the family car. ninety years ago and before many original sources were brought to light, gives us an excellent internal interpretation of the Druze religion but does not go far in disentangling the different fibers in the intricate and complex web of the system and in tracing them back to the remote origins in the various religions or philosophical and metaphysical schools of thought. He is rather the Moslem Jesus patterned after the conception of him by the ancient heretic sect of the Docetae who held that Christ suffered only in appearance. Its psychological basis should surely be sought in the strong but unfulfilled desires and hopes of a persecuted and depressed people (as the Shī‘ah were under the Umayyads and ‘Abbāsids) with the supreme ambition for a saviour-leader whose coming shall usher in for them a new era of liberty and prosperity. De Essenen worden soms gelijkgesteld met de sekte in Qumran (zie verderop), vlak bij de Dode Zee , omdat Plinius de Oudere schreef dat de Essenen bij de Dode Zee woonden. The Druze numbered more than 1,000,000 in the early 21st century and live mostly in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, with smaller communities in other countries. The Druze are a monotheistic, Abrahamic religious group numbering around one million adherents. 3-84). 28:2 Al-Fiṣal fi al-Milal (Cairo, 1317 A.H.). A Series of Divine Incarnations:—The guiding thought of Druze theogony, as it was with the Ismā‘īliyyah, is the belief in a succession of divine manifestations through a progressive series. Moreover, unlike the Jumblatts, the Arslans have enjoyed strong relations with Syria. 7, His argument in defense of deification is clever:—"If ye Christians and Jews believe that God spoke to Moses through a dry tree and, on another occasion, through a mountain . Even on the day of judgment he promotes and demotes whomsoever he pleases, a sort of proxy or demiurge for the divine Ḥākim. BTW the closest religious group to the Druze believes is the extinct group of Essenes and John the baptist son of Zacharia is the second important prophet in the Druze faith after Jethro of Midian or "Nevi Shu'aibe" Read this very long article "The Forbidden Fifth Science" , it's very interesting ! 469-472. For example the seven days, when they end they begin over again. The same name is a favorite one with the modern Wahhābis of Nejd. 1. 6 Besides, there is no gainsaying the fact. G. Flügel (Leipzig, 1872), p. 329. Hence with the Druzes, al-Ḥakīm is not only the incarnation of God but the final and most perfect manifestation, having been preceded by nine others among whom figure al-Bār (Barkhoda), ‘Ali and the ancestors of al-Ḥakīm in the Fāṭimite Caliphate. Amedroz (Oxford, 1921), III, 233 seq., English translation by D. S. Margoliouth, vol. This word has in recent years been introduced into the English language and corrupted in both pronunciation and meaning. The religion of the Druze began in the 9th century AD, as a sect of Islam. The "Propagator" assumes the rōle of the chief agent for the spreading of the faith. Learn more about the Druze in … ; p. 185. In July 2018, when the Israeli Knesset enacted a law with constitutional weight that enshrined Israel as a Jewish state, the Druze led the backlash; they claimed the law made them second-class citizens and was a betrayal to their dedication and service to the country. The communities are located along the western edges of the Lebanon Mountains as well as in the southeastern portion of the country, and the total Druze population numbers well over 300,000. Thus through Ṣūfi and Shī‘ah channels, Druzism was made to enter into the inheritance of Philo and early esoteric exegetes. 5 A further working out of this same principle in the Druze system is in the case of the, creation of the prophets where many of them have "Opposers." 77-84. In the meantime an "Opposer" (Ḍudd) 2 is created by the same process of emanation, a kind of antagonist to the "Universal Mind," whose object it is to nullify the work of the Mind. The four principal sources of Ṣūfism are Christianity, Neo-Platonism, Gnosticism and Buddhism. In the case of the Druzes, Ḥamzah, of course, with an eye upon the Copts of Egypt and other Christians, goes so far as to declare al-Ḥakīm "the Messiah." While Lebanon has the largest concentration of Druze, the much larger country of Syria has the largest total population of Druze—more than 600,000. "Druze rights activist from Philadelphia ordered released." 122-123; de Bock, op. Many Druze religious practices are kept secret, even from the community as a whole. ., is it not then meet to believe that our Lord [al-Ḥakīm] is a more worthy means through whom God manifests to the world his power and behind whom he conceals himself?" In his dramatic work entitled "The Return of the Druzes," Browning tells the story of one of these impostors. The Druze faith originated in Egypt as an offshoot of Ismaʿīlī Shīʿism when, during the reign of the sixth Fāṭimid caliph, the eccentric al-Ḥākim bi-Amr Allāh (ruled 996–1021), some Ismaʿīlī theologians began to organize a movement proclaiming al-Ḥākim a divine figure. 33:2 al-Shahrastāni, I, 55; Mas‘ūdi, Murūj al-Dhahab, Texte et Traduction par C. Barbier de Meynard (Paris, 1871), VI, 20. They lie not far from Bāniyās, ancient Caesarea Philippi. 37:2 E. Blochet, Le Messianisme, op. Druze Identity, Religion – Tradition and Apostasy ו"ט ךרכ – ע"שת – "ïðàù" ןותנש –E 7 – Wisdom, or the Epistles of Wisdom). I’m investigating the tangle of heterodox Jewish and Christian sects of the first centuries CE at the moment, and also some of the unusual Islamic sects who have a similar place in the Islamic tradition, such as the Druze or the Alawites. ; De Lacy O’Leary, Arab Thought and its Place in History (London, 1922), p. 193; L. Massignon, al-Ḥallāj (Paris, 1922), vol. AMD is an … In this they. 4. Al-Muqtanā withdrew from public life in 1037 but continued to write pastoral letters elaborating Druze doctrine until 1043. See also Flügel, Mani (Leipzig, 1862), pp. pp. determine the periods that elapsed between one manifestation and the other. John had a much stricter diet (Luke 7:33) than did the Essenes. Bedr (Cairo, 1910), partly done into English by Kate Chambers Seelye and entitled Moslem Schisms and Sects (New York, 1920). Regarding the mystic nature of the number seven, Bahā’-al-Dīn reasons thus: "Everything when it gets to be seven ends and should be replaced by another. This book is considered secret and only religious sages The Druze faith extended to many areas in the Middle East, but most of the modern Druze can trace their origin to the Wadi al-Taym in Southern Lebanon, which is named after an Arab tribe Taymour-Allah (formerly Taymour-Allat) which, according to Islamic historian al-Tabari, first came from the Arabian Peninsula into the valley of the Euphrates where they had been Christianizedprior to their migration into the Lebanon. F. Dieterici (Die Abhandlungen der Ichwān eṣ-Ṣafa, Leipzig, 2883), pp. V, "Das Sektenwesen.". The population of Jat today numbers some 8,000. This "hidden Imām" idea was carefully worked out by many of the extreme Shī‘ah sects prior to Druzism, and reached its most elaborate expression as a doctrine in the Ismā‘īliyyah group. Lapousterle, J.P.H. 35:1 De Sacy, Exposé, I, 85, n. I. The theory was first promulgated by Ḥamzah, Kashf al-Haqā’iq and in other MSS. The Druze Faith. Manuscripts:—Almost the only sources, therefore, consist o the manuscripts of a hundred or so texts, many of which are didactic and polemic treatises, which as a result of local disturbances in the Druze region, particularly the invasion of Ibrāhīm Pasha, 1831-1838, and the civil war of 1860, found their way into the hands of scholars. 33:3 The Moorish dynasty which originated with ibn-Tumart in the 12th century and conquered all northern Africa and Moslem Spain bore the same name corrupted through Spanish into "Almohades." Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. uncommon expression. What the analysis turned up is surprising yet natural. After Jumblatt’s assassination in 1977, his son Walid took over the political leadership of the Druze community in Lebanon. al-Qalqashandi, Ṣubḥ al-A‘sha (Cairo, 1918), XIII, 248-249. In his Journey to the Orient, De Nerval comments to the Druze sheik: “The Druze have been compared to the Pythagoreans, the Essenes, and the Gnostics, while some scholars claim that the Knights Templar exploited many of your ideas, and that the Rosicrucians and Freemasons have done the same today.” However, H.P. He identifies Ḥamzah with Christ and finds in the "three days" in which Jesus said he could rebuild the temple direct reference to Ḥamzah. The Druze are one of the largest minority groups in the Middle East. Druze, also spelled Druse, Arabic plural Durūz, singular Darazi, 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 for centuries their close-knit identity and distinctive faith. 54-55. Take advantage of our Presidents' Day bonus! 3 The Manichaean movement, which arose in close connection with Mandaeanism in ‘Irāq or southern Babylonia, about the middle of the third century A.D., and which, as al-Fihrist declares, was a blend of the old Magian cult with Christianity, 4 was Iranian in its mythology and cosmological beliefs. 1. Al-Shahrastāni (II, 29) informs us that the Bāṭiniyyah and Qarāmiṭah in al-‘Irāq were called "Mazdakites.". It would, however, be a mistake to ignore entirely the influence of the Buddhist view upon the later development of historic Ṣūfism, especially after Islam had spread eastward to the confines of China and brought Indian thought within its horizon. 4 The Zoroastrian influence is further shown by the reference to God as the "light" with the opposing principle as the "darkness." Nonetheless, despite their rivalry, the two families have at times put their differences aside and formed alliances to protect their common interests. 39:1 "Insān Qadīm" in al-Fihrist, ed. The case of the Safi al-Ḥallāj, 1 who was crucified in Baghdād in 922 A.D. because he identified himself with God, and his fellow self-deified Ṣūfi, al-Shalmaghāni, 2 who was beheaded also in Baghdād in 934 A.D., may be cited as illustrations. 34:3 There was a hierarchy of missionaries graded into Dā‘i, Ma’dhūn, and Mukāsir. RESPONSE: Great question! 2. Israel also has a sizeable community of Druze—about 150,000, located entirely in the northern portions of the country. The human figure serves only as a veil to hide the divine essence behind. Origins of the Druze People and Religion, by Philip K. Hitti, [1924], at, Various Hypotheses:—As in the case of determining the racial origins of the Druze people, so in the case of ascertaining the origin of their religion, all kinds of theories, some curious and amusing, others fantastic and naïve, have been proposed. The Bāṭiniyyah:—Having deviated from the letter as well as from the word of Allah as revealed in the Koran, and without seeming to abrogate altogether its legislative precepts, certain schools of thought, designated by orthodox theologians Bāṭiniyyah, found it expedient to resort to a new and ingenious device—that of interpreting the religious facts esoterically or allegorically. 31:1 Ḥamzah may have had a hand in the conspiracy. Despite the small size of their community, the Druze have figured prominently in Middle Eastern history. The Process of Emanation:—Having accepted the Allah of the Mu‘tazilah and "Brethren of Purity," already reduced to a flimsy abstraction, the Druze mind could not rest until it had personified God's mind, will, word, &c., and made separate beings out of each of them, constituting the five supreme ministers (Ḥudūd, literally, bounds or precepts). Cf. Before admission, however, he must be subjected to a rigorous process of long trial and probation. But for them they keep this also secret. Certain Moslem sects, like the Muḥammadiyyah, went so far as to declare the divinity of Adam. . In this dogma, as in the others, the Druzes were no originators. The former scholar traces the origin of the incarnational and Mahdi idea to Zoroastrian sources, Barham Amavand being the Iranian Messiah. This device put at once into the hands of the Shī‘ah schismatic sects a powerful weapon which dealt deadly blows to the core of Islam leaving only its outside shell. Margoliouth (Leyden, 1907), I, 302; Duncan B. Macdonald, op. Indo-Iranian Influences:—The problem of disentangling and sorting the different elements—labelling each Judaeo-Christian, Hellenistic or Zoroastrian—which went into the make-up of the historic Shī‘ah schisms is one bristling with difficulties and uncertainties. The blood on the shroud of Turin has been analyzed. Seven Major Prophets:—Next in rank to the divine ministers in the Druze hierarchy stand the prophets. Marriage outside the Druze faith is rare and is strongly discouraged. By different authors at different times the Druze religion was thought to be related to ancient Judaism, Samaritanism and Mandaeism. 36:4 Sabab al-Asbāb w-al-Kanz, MS., also in Le Monde Oriental (Uppsala, 2909), vol. The second advent of Christ was paralleled by the "return" of the Mahdi bringing politico-religious restoration. 39-40. Blavatsky is aware of this. Explore more on Druze. This Bahā’-al-Dīn may have been of Christian origin 1 as his writings reveal unusual familiarity with the New Testament and Christian liturgy. Drusen are yellow deposits that are found under the retina in one or both eyes. The first one whom the primeval God created, and that by a process of emanation from himself, 1 was the "Universal Mind," Ḥamzah himself, the real founder of the Druze religion and its supreme pontiff who thus becomes the ruler of the universe. Al-Ḥākim as the Messiah:—Having determined the antecedents of the Druze incarnational dogma in the preceding Islamic thought, our next task is to push back our query into the intellectual ancestry of that Islamic idea in the pre-Islamic realm of thinking. Jesus' apocalyptic teachings seem to align with them a lot. 2 His freakishness only serves to intensify the belief in his superhuman character. Moreover, the son of Sulṭān al-Aṭrash, Manṣūr al-Aṭrash, became one of the founding members of the Syrian Baʿth Party. = de Slane Translation, I, 423 seq. Guys, La Nation Druse, p. 69. 24:2 Springett, Secret Sects of Syria, pp. 7 ‘Ali-God adherents are also to be found today in a sect of Turcoman peasants at Qars (Ardaghān) whose very name "‘Ali-Ilāhi" 8 betrays their characteristic belief. Once admitted to the favored rank, the Sheikh begins to wear a heavy white turban, and abstains from gaudy colors, swearing and obscene language. Adib al-Shishakli in 1954. The expression of the "hidden Imām" Shī‘ite doctrine 1 was a reflex of Isaiah, chapter XI. cit. This article was most recently revised and updated by, Jewish Virtual Library - The Druze in Israel : History and Overview, Minority Rights Group International - Druze, Harvard Divinity School - Religious Literacy Project - Druze in Syria, Druze - Children's Encyclopedia (Ages 8-11), Druze - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). Between one legislative prophet and the other are seven intervening Imāms of whom the first is in each case the trusted and intimate substitute (Asās, Ṣāmit) of his chief, the legislating prophet (Nāṭiq). 4 Each "period" or "cycle" is introduced by a legislative prophet. Also follow the DNA trail of the Ashkenazi Jews. Druze, 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 for centuries their close-knit identity and distinctive faith. 31:2 Al-Qalānisi, op. 39:3 F. C. Burkitt, The Religion of the Manichees (Cambridge University Press, 1925), pp. Essenes is similar to these topics: Sadducees, Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period, Jewish Christian and more. What Are Their Beliefs? Cf. cit., I, 261 seq. (See Appendix E.), The Neo-Platonic Source:—We are evidently here in the atmosphere of the "emanation" theory which characterizes both Neo-Platonic 2 and Gnostic schools of philosophy and which must have filtered into the Druze system through Qarāmiṭah and "Brethren of Purity" channels. John preached Jesus as the Messiah. The Yemeni Druze ( Qahtan ) and Qays have been fighting since Spain and Sicily and spill into Lebanon/Syria The Modern Lebanese branch is mostly Kaysi/ Qays and Druze is a religion after all so I will not be surprised to find Arabians, Turks, Kurds ( Jumblatt ) , … 246, 274, 362; E. G. Browne, Persian Literature under Tartar Dominion (Cambridge University Press, 1920), pp. 42:1 Cairo edition (20 vols. 2 Others have declared the whole thing an "enigma hardly possible to explain." The Ismā‘īliyyah sect, from whose bosom Druzism sprang as did also the Assassins of Crusading fame, together with al-Qarāmiṭah, which between the ninth and twelfth centuries swept through Western Asia, had both venerated certain descendants of ‘Ali and hailed them as infallible rulers of the world. 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