Bas̲hīr Shihāb II
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, Amīr of Lebanon, 1788-1840. Born in 1180/1767 in the village of G̲h̲azīr, Bas̲h̲īr lost his father Amīr Ḳāsim in his early years and was soon compelled to try his fortune in the field of politics in Dayr al-Ḳamar, the capital of Lebanon. Robust, intelligent, and circumspect, he soon attracted attention as a possible candidate for the governorship of Lebanon. S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḳāsim Jumblat, a wealthy and powerful feudal lord, was the first to appreciate Bas̲h̲īr’s gifts and possibilities. His first a…

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Rustum, A.J., “Bas̲hīr Shihāb II”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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