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A religion that broke away from Islam in about 1000 C.E., following the teachings of Darazi, Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad, and Baha El-Din. Druze refer to themselves as Mowahhidoon, which means "monotheistic" in Arabic. The Druze religion retains many Islamic symbols and celebrates Ramadan, but also incorporates tenets of other belief systems. The religion is officially secret, and Druze themselves do not actively attempt to convert new members. Large Druze minorities live in Israel, Syria, and Lebanon; there are other communities in Jordan, the Americas, and Australia.

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