The Druze are a monotheistic religious community, found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, which emerged during the 11th century from Ismailism school of Shia Islam. Druze beliefs incorporate several elements from Abrahamic religions, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism and other philosophies. The Druze call themselves Ahl al-Tawhid "the People of Monotheism" or al-Muwa__idun "the Unitarians". The Druze people reside primarily in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. The Institute of Druze Studies estimates that 40%_50% of Druze live in Syria, 30%_40% in Lebanon, 6%_7% in Israel, and 1%_2% in Jordan. Large communities of expatriate Druze also live outside the Middle East in Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and West Africa. They use the Arabic language and follow a social pattern very similar to those of the other peoples of the eastern Mediterranean region.
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