Why Don’t Druze Families Homeschool? Religion, Tradition, and the Status of Women

Randa Khair Abbas, Oz Guterman, Ari Neuman

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In recent decades there has been a considerable increase in the scope of homeschooling in many Western countries. However, it has not been consistent among all sectors of society, but rather concentrated in certain groups. It is a growing trend among Jewish Israeli society, but has not taken hold among Israeli Druze. This article examines the reasons that Druze society in Israel has not been part of the considerable increase in the practice of teaching children at home. Several theoretical perspectives for understanding these differences are suggested and investigated, focusing on the unique characteristics of Druze society in Israel and of the secret Druze religion, as well as on feminist perspectives and the developments in Druze women’s status in recent decades.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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FundersFunder number
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesR01DK098398


    • Druze Society in Israel
    • Homeschooling
    • Secret Druze Religion
    • Women’s Status


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