Roughly two-thirds say they have a special responsibility to take care of Druze in need around the world.
About seven-in-ten Druze (72%) say their religious identity is very important to them.
Israeli Druze wave their community’s flags during a demonstration on June 14, 2015, in reaction to a shoot-out in northwest Idlib province in Syria that killed members of the Druze minority.
But there are no set holy days, regular liturgy or obligations for pilgrimage, as Druze are meant to be connected with God at all times.Today, 1 million-plus members of this community live primarily in Syria and Lebanon and, to a lesser extent, in Israel and Jordan.In Israel, the Druze are a close-knit community active in public life, according to a new Pew Research Center study of Israel.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.
By comparison, more Israeli Christians (31%) and Israeli Muslims (45%) say being Christian/Muslim is mainly a matter of religion to them. In our survey, fewer than 1% of married Israeli Druze say they have a spouse or partner from outside their religion.