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A member of a political and religious sect of Islamic origin, living chiefly in Lebanon and Syria. The Druze broke away from the Ismaili Muslims in the 11th century; they are regarded as heretical by the Muslim community at large.

The name comes from French, and derives from Arabic durūz (plural), from the name of one of their founders, Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Daraz¯ (died 1019).

Subjects: Religion.

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