Messenger In the making of the modern Middle East, minorities have often been used as pretexts and pawns for external intervention. It is in this light that the recent massacre of more than 20 men from the esoteric Druze religious sect by the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front must be understood. As a result of the threat to the Syrian Druze by Nusra, their protection now is contested between a trio of sworn enemies:
Additional Information Abstract The Druze of Israel constitute a very unique community within the pluralistic, though Jewish-dominated, social map of the country.
Their religious heritage and ethnic integrity set them apart, even while they have participated in the political and military domains in close affiliation with the Jewish population.
Through research and analysis, a picture emerges of Druze solidarity with the Zionist ethos, as they simultaneously distance themselves from the Arab and Islamic themes resonant among the Israeli-Arab sector of society. The tiny Druze group prioritizes while balancing its allegiances, vigorously defends its interests, and campaigns for improved socio-economic conditions in the complexity of their minority experience in the state of Israel.
The paradoxes of Druze life, simultaneously loyal to state and community, present an intricate picture of perseverance, patriotism, and patience in Israel.
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You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:Meanwhile, sectarianism has been used to explain Middle Eastern conflicts ever since the Druze-Maronite massacre of in Lebanon, and it has become fundamental to the make-up of today’s post.
5 facts about Israeli Christians. 2% of Israel’s adult population.
Indeed, as of , Christians made up a small share (4%) of the population in the Middle East-North Africa region as a whole. Most of Israel’s Druze population also identifies as ethnically Arab. According to Jonathan Oppenheimer, “Both the scholarly analysis and the official view are products of an ideologically distorted understanding of Druze history, by which it is transformed into a charter for the administration and political separation of the Druze from the rest of the Arab population.”.
Like a number of other ethnic groups in the Middle East, such as the Kurds, the Druze live in several different countries, separated by borders drawn after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire in the early s. But unlike the Kurds, who are largely Muslim, the Druze are a unique religious and ethnic.
Druze and their Faith in Tawhid (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East) [Anis Obeid] on timberdesignmag.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As a small sect that emerged from Islam over a thousand years ago, the Druze religion and society has long been cloaked in Reviews: 3.
Another , Druze resided in Damascus and its outskirts (Jaramana, Sahnaya, and Jdeidat Artouz), along with 30, on the east side of Mount Hermon and 25, in fourteen villages in Jabal al-Summaq northeast of Idlib.