The Druze star

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Theological principles

Each of the theological principles adhered to by the Druze bears a single color. Al-ʿAql (nous) is green and faces upward. Al-Nafs (anima mundi) is red. Al-Kalima (logos) is yellow. Al-Sābiq (precedent) is blue and is the star's right wing. Al-Tālī (immanence) is white and is the star's left wing.

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Waḥīd al-Balʿūs

Less intense in his support for the Syrian regime than others of his brethren, al-Balʿūs focused on the ethno-religious integrity and political security of the Druze homeland, in part by pursuing a greater autonomy for the al-Suwaydāʾ Province. He was assassinated in 2015.

Rijāl al-Karāma (Men of Dignity), formerly headed by Waḥīd al-Balʿūs, is an umbrella movement coordinating several smaller Druze militias in Syria. Lebanese Civil War, Syrian Civil War, Religious People, Religious Symbols, Anima Mundi, Ourselves Topic, Dutch Language, Catholic University, Five Pointed Star

Rijāl al-Karāma

Rijāl al-Karāma (Men of Dignity), formerly headed by Waḥīd al-Balʿūs, is an umbrella movement coordinating several smaller Druze militias in Syria.

As the Syria civil war has progressed with both rebels and the Islamic State [IS] encroaching on the territory of Suwayda province from the west and northeast respectively, more distinct militia factions centred on particular personalities have emerged Lebanese Civil War, Syrian Civil War, Religious People, Religious Symbols, Ourselves Topic, Dutch Language, Catholic University, Islamic Studies, Historical Monuments

Bayraq al-Ḥaqq

Linked to the Bayraq al-Niḍāl militia is Bayraq al-Ḥaqq (Banner of Truth), established with the same objective of pushing back all possible IS and Opposition incursions into the Druze territory of Jabal al-ʿArab and its surroundings. However, these groups are merely local "brigades".

As the Syria civil war has progressed with both rebels and the Islamic State [IS] encroaching on the territory of Suwayda province from the west and northeast respectively, more distinct militia factions centred on particular personalities have emerged Lebanese Civil War, Syrian Civil War, Religious People, Religious Symbols, Ourselves Topic, Dutch Language, Catholic University, Islamic Studies, Historical Monuments

Bayraq al-Niḍāl

Bayraq al-Niḍāl (the Banner of al-Niḍāl) is a pro-regime Syrian Druze militia operating in the southern al-Suwaydāʾ Governorate. The group is named after SAA brigadier general from the Druze Nuʿaym family, Niḍāl Muʿadha Nuʿaym, killed in Aleppo Province in July 2013.

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Jaysh al-Muwaḥḥidīn

Jaysh al-Muwaḥḥidīn (Army of Monotheists) is a Syrian Druze militia centered in the Jabal al-ʿArab area of Syria's al-Suwaydā’ Governorate. Despite the focus on self-defense, the group sides with the Syrian regime, the strongest local actor to guarantee their preservation.

The and star represents the combination of five cosmic principles into one religious symbol representative of the Druze faith and community, like on the Shrine/Tomb of Job (Ayyūb) in Lebanon's al-Shūf district. Lebanese Civil War, Syrian Civil War, Religious People, Religious Symbols, Anima Mundi, Dutch Language, Catholic University, Islamic Studies, Historical Monuments

Tomb of Job

The 5-pointed and 5-colored star represents the combination of five cosmic principles into one religious symbol representative of the Druze faith and community, like on the Shrine/Tomb of Job (Ayyūb) in Lebanon's al-Shūf district.