About a third of Druze (32%) say “it depends,” when asked about prospects for peaceful coexistence.Although dwarfed by other, larger communities, the Druze community played an important role in shaping the history of the Levant, where it continues to play a large political role.But unlike the Kurds, who are largely Muslim, the Druze are a unique religious and ethnic group.Their tradition dates back to the 11th century and incorporates elements of Islam, Hinduism and even classical Greek philosophy.
(Photo credit: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images) 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 1920s.
Since that ban, the Druze population has continued to exist solely based on the continuation of its previous generations.
The Druze place heavy emphasis on philosophy and spiritual purity.
Fatimid caliph Ali az-Zahir, whose father al-Hakim is a key figure in the Druze faith, was particularly harsh to Druze, causing the death of many in Antioch, Aleppo, and northern Syria.
Persecution flared up during the rule of the Mamluks and Ottomans.