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The Druze Section

In the early 1970s the Druze section, including the Druze Archive, was integrated into the JAC. The Druze section is headed by Prof. Kais Firro of the department of Middle East History.
For the official site of the Druze Section, please click here.

A major task of the Druze section is to study, preserve and present Druze history, tradition and culture. Since its establishment, the archive has become an international source of information on Druze culture and tradition. It contains one of the finest collections of its kind in the Middle East, including books, periodicals and chronicles acquired from archives all over the world.

Another key goal is education for the Druze and the advancement of young leadership. Meetings are organized between the Druze public and academic and military figures, in order to engender ideas for shared projects and to resolve conflicts and problems. In 2005, several meetings of Druze ex-army officers were held, in which critical issues among the Druze population were discussed, and solutions such as taking responsibility and creating a climate for change within the public and in the government's attitude were offered. One decision was to establish a task force from different sectors that would focus on specific issues.

To learn more about the Druze section, please visit their website.

 

Digitation of the Archive at the Druze Section

of the Jewish Arab Center

 

The Druze Archive, which is located at the Druze Section of the Jewish Arab Center, includes wealth of materials in regard to the Druze community. About 70,000 documents, from Israeli and International sources, were collected during several decades by Dr. Faiz Azam, a resident of Osfia, a Druze village on the top of the Carmel Mountain, who took upon himself constituting the Druze Archive as life work. The documents refer to Druze villages in Israel and in neighboring countries, and cover the whole range of Druze life. The archive is one of its kind, and constitutes a most valuable source for research of Druze.

In order to preserve the archive and make it accessible to the public, we aim to digitize it, while creating digital tools of searching it. Such project will highly promote the research of the Druze community.