Druze Profile: Perceptions and Prospects: Druze Value System
Part seven: World Druze Societies
THE BRITISH DRUZE SOCIETY
In 1994, Mr. Mark Hamdan, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ameican Druze Society went to London to meet the Druzes of Great Britain. He asserted that in Great Britain, there are over 500 Druzes, most of who live in the London area, and they have formed the British Druze Society. “When I boarded the plane on my way to London, I was unaware that I was about to meet some of the most active Druze brethren in the world. I knew London had a large Druze community, and I personally knew many of its members, But, what I did not know is how active that community was, and how organized its members were.” During the course of his visit, Mr. Hamdan received the answers to a number of questions posed by the American Druze Society. The most important goal of the British Druze Society is to keep the Druze community united and active enhancing the spirit of fraternity among its members. The British Druze Society is dedicated to charity.
THE EUROPEAN DRUZE SOCIETY
It holds gala events for fund raising, as well as social events. Like the American Druze Society, the British Druze Society (BDS) has a charitable component with its main goal of supporting needy Druze communities in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine).
The European Druze Society was established in 1972 by the Druzes in Europe and like the European Community (EU), the European Druze Community is made up of fifteen member countries. They are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. There are two Druze Communites in Germany; Munich where the main team players are located and in North Germany, Westfalen.
THE CANADIAN DRUZE SOCIETY
The Toronto Druze community established the Canadian Druze Society in 1969 and purchased the Druze Cultural Center in Toronto in 1997. The Cultural Center features an Arabic school and publishes a quarterly newsletter in Arabic and English.
The Druze Association of Alberta
OTHER DRUZE COMMUNITIES
Through research, I was able to locate other established Druze communities. They are: Upper Gallilee and Golan Heights in Israel; Kuwait in the Middle East; Abu Dhabi, Alain, Dubai, Ras el Khiemie and Sharga in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); Brazil, Buenes Aries, Venezuela, in South America; Montreal, Toronto, St. Paul and Van Couvar, in Canada; and Australia, Jordan, Phillipines, Syria, and the West Indies.
I have written to the representatives of these Druze communites, and I have received replies from a number of them. MY goal is to get an estimate number of Druzes in the world.
Part one: Introduction
Part two: Social Values
Part three: Commitment And Dedication
Part four: American Druze Institutions
Part five: American Druze Publications
Part six: American Druze Cultural Centers
Annual Druze Conventions
A note about Julia Makarem