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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

57

DISTINGUISHED DRUZE IN HISTORY

The lights of starts that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities. Kahlil Gibran

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Kamal Joumblat is a figure never repeated in the history of Lebanon and Arabs. Many studies were published to describe him as prominent Lebanese politician, charismatic socialist leader, philosopher, thinker, poet...

Kamal Jumblat (Arabic:) طﻼﺒﻨﺟ لﺎﻣ December 6, 1917

  • March 16, 1977) was an important Lebanese

politician. He was the main leader of the anti- government forces in the early years of the Lebanese Civil War. He is the father of the present Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblat.

Family background & education

elementary studies. He achieved his high school diploma, having studied French, Arabic, science and literature, in 1936, and a philosophy diploma in 1937. Jumblat then pursued higher studies in France, where he joined the Faculty of Arts at the Sorbonne University and achieved a degree in Psychology & Civil Education, and another one

in Sociology.

Returning

outbreak of World Joseph University

War II where

to Lebanon in 1939, after the he continued his studies at St he obtained a law degree in 1945.

Kamal Jumblat was born in 1917 in Mukhtara, in the Chouf area of Lebanon, into the prestigious Jumblat family, who were traditional leaders of

the

Lebanese

Druze

community.

His

father, Chouf August

Fouad Jumblat, director of the District, was assassinated on

6,

1931.

After

his

father’s

death,

Kamal

Jumblat’s

mother

Nazira

played a significant political over a quarter of a century.

role

for

In 1926, the young Kamal Jumblat joined the Lazarus Fathers Institute in Aintoura, in 1928 he finished his

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On May 1, 1948, he married May Arslan, daughter of Prince Shakib Arslan (the Arslans being the other prominent Lebanese Druze family). Their only son, Walid Jumblat, was born on August 7, 1949.

Early political career

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Kamal Jumblat practiced law in Lebanon from 1941 to 1942 and was designated the Official State Lawyer for the Lebanese

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AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

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