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A religio-ethnic community and offshoot of the Shīʿī Ismāʿīlī branch of Islam. The Druze(durzī, pl. durūz) trace their origins to early eleventh-century Fāṭimid Cairo and the reign of the Ismāʿīlī Imām-Caliph al-Ḥākim bi-Amr Allāh (r. 386/996-411/1021). The Druze faith or doctrine (madhhab) is based on 111 “Epistles of Wisdom” (rasāʾil al-ḥikma) written during the brief period of its propagation, 408/1017-435/1043. Three centuries later th…

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Firro, Kais M., “Druzes”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Johanna Pink, University of Freiburg. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00051>

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