Culture Maintenance and Identity among Members of the (Lebanese- Australian) Druze Community in South Australia

Culture Maintenance and Identity among Members of the Druze Community in South Australia.
It is difficult to ascertain the actual number of Druze living in Australia since the Australian Bureau of Statistics does not consider Druzism a national identity. In the present study, data on the Druze in South Australia have relied on the information obtained from the Druze community, in particular the Druze Sheikh.
 Personal communication received from Sheikh Shakeeb Rasheed, one of the oldest and longest serving Druze Sheikhs in South Australia. Sheikh Rasheed has gathered irreplaceable statistical data and family histories on the Druze in South Australia, as a result of his many years of involvement in religious and civic duties within the Druze community (Rasheed, 1993).

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