The Druze doctrine considers women more spiritually prepared than men, and women therefore undergo a less rigorous initiation process.
The initiated men and women are easily identified by their modest dark clothes and white head covers.
Having fled to Midian, Moses intervened in a water-access dispute between Jethro's seven daughters and the local shepherds; Jethro consequently invited Moses into his home and offered him hospitality.
Only those believers who demonstrate piety and devotion and who have withstood the lengthy process of candidacy are introduced to the esoteric teachings and oral traditions of the faith.
At that point, proselytism ended, and the Druze ceased to recognize conversions to the faith.
and often rebelled against it, protected from direct Ottoman control by the mountainous terrain of their homelands.
The Druze faith gradually died out in Egypt but survived in isolated areas of Syria and Lebanon, where missionaries had established significant communities.
Al-Muqtanā withdrew from public life in 1037 but continued to write pastoral letters elaborating Druze doctrine until 1043.