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DRUZE. The Druze faith, or tawhid, grew out of the extremist Isma'ili Shi'i theology that prevailed in early Fatimid Cairo. This system had promised a radical political change within Islam which failed to materialize once the Isma'iliyah gained political power in North Africa, especially in Egypt in 969. People still looked for messianic rule and many came to believe that the caliph al-Hakim ibn `Amr Allah (r. 996-1021) was the expected deliverer. [caption id="attachment_1347" align="alignlef ...more

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