mas’ade

View of the Druze village/town of Mas’ade from Nimrod in the Golan Heights. The Druze are an Arab religious community distinct from Islam, and live in Israel, Syria and Lebanon although only in Israel they are officially recognized as a distinct ethnic group and religion. (In Syria particularly they have been persecuted.) It’s easy to tell this is a Druze town (and not a Muslim town), because you can’t see any minarets since Druze don’t worship in Mosques.

The Druze religion is mostly secret, but it was founded in Egypt by a Persian in 1017 and closed to converts in 1043. Most Druze are completely secular and don’t have to follow religious principles; around 20% are designated al-Uqqal, religious, and do follow religious precepts and dress in a distinct way.

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