Here in Michigan, the Druze men all assembled at the homes of those few families.
Druze women throughout the United States have involved themselves in civic and community affairs. It is recorded by Colonel Churchill that in the days of the Tanukhid emir Nasir al-Din Husayn (668-751/1269-1350) reading and writing became common, even among females.
They hold prominent positions in the fields of medicine, law, education, as well as, in corporations and other businesses. He continues: "in this respect, women of Druze shaykhs, even to this day (mid-nineteenth century), maintain a marked superiority over the rest of their sex throughout the country." A nineteenth century Lebanese chronicler wrote: "few are the Druze women who cannot read, or are jahilat, i.e., denied access to the Scriptures." ( Abu-Izzeddin, Nejla M., A New Study of Their History, Faith and Society, Leiden - E, J, Brill, 1984, p.234.
Nagela Yusuf Abu Shakra Abu Ghanin (Mullin) passed away February 8, 2001 in Detroit, Michigan.
She lived a full life, and she lived to see her children marry and have children of their own.
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