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Druze, also spelled druse, Arabic plural duruz, singular darazi, relatively small
Middle Eastern religious sect characterized by an eclectic system of doctrines
and by a cohesion and loyalty among its members (at times politically significant)
This ideology was explicit in the thought of such pioneers of African cultural,
religious, and political independence as E.W. Blyden (1832-1912), and J.E.
Casely-Hayford of Ghana (e.g., his Ethiopia Unbound, 191 1). Ethiopian
It was almost certainly founded about 950 bc by Solomon, who used it both as a
port for his trade with Ophir and as a large-scale copper refinery. Ezra, Hebrew '
ezra' (fl. 5th-4th century bc, Babylon and Jerusalem), religious leader of the Jews
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