(Druses). Religio-ethnic group; originated in the 11th c.; named after Muhammad ibn-Ismail al-Darazi, who held that al-Hakim (9851021; 6th Fatimid caliph of Egypt 9961021) was the last incarnation of the deity; believed to be of mixed Aramaic and Arabic descent; settled esp. in Lebanon, Anti-Liban, and the Hauran; some believed to be in China; religious system is monotheistic and contains elements drawn from various sources (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, and Islam); slaughtered ca. 2,500 Maronites* 1860.
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