George Clooney will soon be married to Amal Alamuddin but is the Druze religion standing between them?
A Daily Mail article claims that Alamuddin’s mother is a Duruz who opposes the marriage due to religious differences. However, Clooney claims the story is fabricated and he claims that the article’s exploitation of religious differences is “at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.”
Here are five things you should know about the Druze religion:
- Members of the Druze religion have a tight, cohesive social community that is found mostly in Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan.
- The religion — also spelled Druse — is monotheistic.
- It has existed for thousands of years but many of its teachings have been kept a secret–even from its members.
- The Druze religion has its roots in Islam.
- The current form of the religion is made up of Jewish, Christian, Gnostic, Neoplatonic, and Iranian religious teachings.