The Druze faith originated in Egypt in the early eleventh century as an offshoot of Ismaiili Islam. The religion also incorporates elements of Judaism and Christianity. Reincarnation is a key belief of the faith. The tenets of the Druze religion are secret and mysterious, even to many Druze themselves, since the faith allows only a limited number of elite men and women, called uqqal ("the enlightened"), to study and learn all of its aspects. Other Druze, known as the juhhal ("the unenlightened"), are not permitted to access the religion's six holy books but are given a simplified outline of their faith in the form of a strict code of moral and ethical behavior. The Druze community played an important role in shaping the history of the Levant, where it continues to play a large political role. They are found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. They have survived and thrived within their own communities by remaining isolated and secretive. After several attempts in Lebanon they finally agreed to my request to document them. I decided to photograph them using the wet plate collodion process to stick to the intemporality of their existence.