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     DAQQOUN is a beautiful village located near Aley, on Mount Lebanon, one of the best areas in the Middle East. .

   Daqqoun is located between 250 and 600 meters above sea level and is only about 25 km away south of the capital, Beirut.

   The village is growing again after years of occupation; from 14 Feb 1984 during the civil war of Lebanon (Harb El-Jabal) , till the end of 2007. The promises of help started in the 1997 elections, and continued in 2001 & even 2005, knowing that the voting stations were located outside our village. In May 2006, the Ministry of Displaced started to pay indemnities; but not to evacuate our occupied houses. After the second war in July 2006, a lot of things changed so that 2007 was the great year of return with an extensive rebuilding program encompassing two churches, school, roads and a very active social calendar. All this was achieved with the help of our patroness, Saint Thecla and the Good will.

Abey 1840

     The History of DAQQOUN started with our forebear CHAAYA.

CHAAYA came from the Byblos mountains to Abey to work for Al-Nakadi Beyk who was one of the AlTanukhi princes.

The Druze Period :

    The phases of Druze history are represented by three emirates – the Buhturis, Maanis, and Shihabis – that played important roles in providing leadership to the Druze masses. The Buhturis (1040s – 1507) are a branch of the Al-Tanukhi, who had their origins in Arabia but migrated to northern Syria and then settled in Mount Lebanon beginning in the middle of the eighth century. In the first half of the eleventh century some of the Al-Tanukhi princes joined the Druze faith.Egypt

   During the reign of the last Shihabi Amirs, Bashir II (1788 – 1840), the strong central authority that was exercised over Mount Lebanon and the areas adjacent to it was reinforced. However, Bashir II was constrained by the Egyptian rulers and a decade of Egyptian occupation; this led to his fall and, subsequently, to the end of the Shihabi emirate and the beginning of internal civil conflict in the early 1840s.

 In 1843 the European powers convinced the Ottoman Sultan to pacify the area, and to relinquish affairs in the North to the French_supported Maronites, and in the South to the British_backed Druzes. The tension in Mount Lebanon grew and finally exploded into open confrontation, beginning with the Maronite peasants rising against their Maronite landlords in 1858 and then against their Druze landlords in 1860. The bloody events of that year ended in the special autonomous administration of Mount Lebanon within the Ottoman Empire. This arrangement quickly failed and was replaced by a political regime known as Mutasarrifiyya, headed by a Mutasarrif (governor) that imposed a ruler from outside Lebanon who was a subject of the Ottoman sultan.

   The Al-Nakadi Beyk:

After the Ottoman conquest of the countries of Al-Sham, the emirate of the west continued but shrank. There,  then appeared in the Shouf the Maanis family which supported  the  Buhturis family  of the AlTanukhi princes. After the detention of the prince, Fakher El Dien in Turkey in 1633, the Yemeni party under the leadership of Alam ElDein attacked the Buhturis in Abey area & killed them & their children.  So the Maanis regained the area as rulers and after them control passed to the princes of the Shihabi family.

   In 1845, under arrangements with Shekeab Afandi, the Al-Shahhar area passed to Qasem Nakadi Beyk. Thus the sons of Hammoud Nakadi Beyk moved from Dier AlKamar and settled in Abey.

   With the rise of the Mutasarrif in Mount Lebanon, Abey becames the administrative center [Al-shahhar] alongside the Al-Shouf district.

The Al-CHAAYA : 

     Our forebear CHAAYA came over the high mountains of Abey to Al- Nakadi Beyk. He worked as a Shepherd, but they had to walk a long distance down the valley to bring water for the sheep. One day, Chaaya noticed that his dog entered a bush and came out wet, so he called Ali, the shepherd who was with him, and removed the bush. There they found water for their sheep. After that, when the Beyk knew what they had discovered, the water was sent for testing and found to be very good for drinking.  The Beyk  gives Chaaya to move with his family to the fertile agricultural land & empty houses next to Abey and the village was named DAQQOUN. Then later the water source called Ain-Ali.


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