[The following abridged Druze Catechism came into the possession of Professor W. B. Stevenson of the University of Glasgow. It is written in not unimpeachable Arabic-probably towards the end of the 19th century. Generally speaking the writing is good. A few minor points do not tally with the Article on the Religion of the Druzes in the Encyclopedia of Islam.]
"This is a document which concerns the knowledge of the secret of the Religion of the Druze with their belief from beginning to end; it is arranged by way of question and answer."
Q. Are you a Druze?
Q. What is a Druze? or (probably meant) Who was al-Darazi?
Q. What is incumbent upon you?
Q. How do you know that you are a Unitarian Druze?
Q. What things are lawful, and what unlawful?
Q. How and when was the appearance of our Lord al-Hâkim?
Q. And how did he appear and say that he was of the seed of
Muhammad, so that he concealed
Q. And when did he appear and manifest his divinity?
Q. And for how many years did he establish his divinity
through divulging it?
then he appeared at the beginning of the tenth and eleventh years; then in the twelfth year he hid himself. There is no further appearance until the day of judgment.
Q. What is this day of judgment?
Q. When is that to be?
Q. What are the signs?
Q. In what month will this be?
Q. How will be his rulings concerning (different) groups and
Q. And after their destruction, what then?
Q. How will they be while he is ruling among them?
Q. How are the groups subdivided?
and the perverts; and those who have adopted the religion of our Lord al-Hâkim. (praise to him.)
Q. How will he act with the Unitarians?
and they will remain in the world as princes, pashas and sultans.
Q. Why are all the books disowned except the Qur'ân in the presence of anyone making enquiries?
no unsoundness in us for that accordingly; and funereal prayers for the dead are in accord with this reliance and for nothing else. Indeed the purity of the cult demands it.
Q. What do we say about the martyrs, of whom the Christians
boast, in the matter
Q. When they say to us that their religion is firm in accordance
with indications more
Q. How do we recognise the honour of the assumption from
Hamza ibn 'Ali? (on him be peace!)
"I render lawful the innovations of the Lord and his way. I know his command I am the path  and the revealed book and the pillared house. I am the Companion of the Mission and the Proclamation. I am the one who breathes into the breasts. I am the appointed Leader. I am the Source of grace; the abrogator of laws and their nullifier. I am the destroyer of the worlds. I am the cancellation of the witnesses. I am the burning fire, which falls upon the hearts."
Q. What is the religion which the Druze and the Learned infer?
as is said in the document of warnings and counsels.
Q. If any individual at all recognises the religion of our Lord,
and believes in it, and is guided
Q. When were the souls of all mankind created?
created from his light; and they are limited, without increase or decrease throughout all time.
Q. Is it fitting that Unitarianism should be granted to women?
as is mentioned in the document of the covenant of women, and so too in the document with regard to girls.
Q. What do you say with regard to the sects who say that we worship the Lord who
Q. Which of the definitions describes the wisdom of the Lord
(may he be praised) on whom is built our religion?
Q. Into how many parts is the Universe divided?
of the natural sciences: two sections including all religions and the fifth, about which it is said that it is indivisible (and is the largest and the genuine), is the Druze Religion; this is the wisdom of the slave of our Lord, Hamza.
Q. How do we recognise our Unitarian Brother, when we see him
or he passes us by in the road,
Q. What are the (five) Definitions (perhaps Preceptors)?
Q. Is there any salvation for the "ignorant" among the Druze, or
any arrangement by al-Hakim,
Q. What is the point of the compass?
Q. What is the straight path?
the noble prophet and he is the cause of all causes.
Q. Who are the pair - the Ancient and the Eternal?
Q. Who are the men of wisdom? 
Q. How many cycles of years are there?
Q. What was their warning?
Q. How did they greet al-Hakim and go into his (presence)?
your message is the abode of peace (may you be blessed and exalted) - our Lord, who has majesty and honour."
Q. Who is the Preserver?
Q. Who are the Five Wise Virgins?
Q. Who are the Five Foolish Virgins?
Q. What are the letters of truthfulness and how many are there?
Q. What are the letters of the Falsity and what their number?
and 'Ali, the "Imam" of those who believe in them, the Mutawila and his Twelve Descendants.
Q. What are the three precepts which are unsearched for and unrevealed save in olden time
Q. What is the meaning of our Lord riding donkeys without
and its annulment; and in certification of this the Qur'an says: - "The most disbelieving voice is the voice of the donkeys,"  that is the prophets who brought the pure law.
Q. What is the meaning of the clothing of our Lord in black wool?
Q. What are the buildings in Egypt called Pyramids, vested with knowledge?
Q. What is the wisdom in it?
so that he described them there and is preserving them till the day of his second coming.