BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BOUSTANI FAMILY
According to historians and tradition, the origins of the Boustani family date back to the 16th century.
The family has its roots in a place named El-Bassatin, in the village of Geblé, near Lattaquieh, in Syria.
In the beginning of the 16th century, and after the Ottoman conquest of the Middle East, our ancestor Muqim (Abu Mahfouz) left his home town and went towards Mount-Lebanon, stopping at Dahr Safra, then Bqerqacha, a village at the foot of the Cedars of Lebanon.
Muqim had three sons, Mahfouz, Abd el Aziz and Nader.
Abd el Aziz resided in Deir el Kamar. Nader and his family settled in the Chouf region, principally Deir el Kamar and Debbiyé.
Muqim and his eldest son Mahfouz went back to the northern regions of the country. His descendants still bear the name Mahfouz.
Following social and political upheavals, the Boustanis settled in every single region of Lebanon - in Giyeh, Marj, Jounieh, Tripoli, in the Koura and the Beqaa – as well as in Syria (Aleppo) Turkey and Egypt.
Throughout the two last centuries, and especially in the beginning of the 20th, the great migration of the Boustanis towards Europe and the New World began.
The Boustanis were a family of many talents, to which were born eminent archbishops, great statesmen, writers and poets in Lebanon and in the Diaspora countries.
Among the bishops: Abdallah (1780-1866), Boutros (1819-1899) and Augustin (1875-1957).
Among the laymen:
Boutros (1819-1883), author of the first Arab Encyclopedia, founder of the first co-ed Arab school in Beirut (espace entre Boutros et Soleyman)
Soleyman (1856-1925), statesman, representative of Beirut, Minister of the Ottoman Empire, translator of Homer’s Iliad into Arab verse.
Sheikh Abdallah (1854-1930), the most distinguished Arab linguist of his time
Salim Boutros (1847-1884), continued his father’s work.
Mikhail Eid (1868-1934) one of the most eminent lawyers and magistrates in the middle east
Wadih (1888-1954), lawyer and poet, translator of the Mahabharata into Arab verse.
Emile Mourched (1906-1963), politician, Member of Parliament and minister, engineer and businessman, whose reputation extended throughout the Middle East and Africa
Boutros Soleyman (1898-1969), outstanding pedagogue and writer
Nabih Eid (1907-1985), magistrate, president of the Council of State
Fouad Ephrem (1904-1994), 20th century encyclopedic, founder of the Lebanese University.
General Emile (1909-2002), commander-in-chief of the Lebanese army
Alfred Ephrem (1908-1969), writer, politician, counselor for Middle Eastern affairs to General Franco of Spain, founder of the Tetouan Institute for Oriental Studies in Morocco
Katia Sami (1948-2004), internationally renowned lawyer.
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