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Aley’s Dr. Abdul Mun’im Talhouk, (1913 – 2004) was the first entomologist in Lebanon to take an intimate interest in the life of insects, his research became an essential reference in America, Europe and the Middle East.

 

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Born in the village of Aley, Aref el Rayess (1928 – 2005) was an internationally recognised, prolific and diverse artist, painter and sculptor – known and loved as much for his colorful and candid language as for his works of art.

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Asaad Al Faqih (1910-1989) was an Aley-born Lebanese diplomat who worked for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was the first ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, which he held between 1948 and 1955.

Asad Al Faqih - Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
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Born in Aley, Fayez Al Faqih (1940-1987) was a scholar, educator, prominent journalist, author, and political activist. He is remembered for his active participation in the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP).

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Dr. Jamil Talhouk (1884-1957) is still rightly remembered as one of Aley’s (and Lebanon’s) greatest statesmen. From mayor to MP to medical practitioner, his selfless contribution to his country and his city left an indelible mark.

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Born in the village of Btalloun, Khalil Saleeby (1870–1928), is considered the founder of modern Lebanese art. An artistic rebel and revolutionary, achieving international fame, his life was tragically cut short.

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Mohammed Al Aridi (1911-1991) was born in the village of Baissour. He was considered a brilliant journalist, linguist, writer and poet. His books included “The Dictionary of Hidden Secrets”.

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Naim Mrad (1910-2008) is a name synonymous with the development of Aley during his tenure as mayor. He was awarded Knight National Order of the Cedar for his services to the community.

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Said Saab (1928-2003) was a journalist and editor, considered one of the most masterful penmen of his era. He was awarded Knight, National Order of the Cedar for his services to the media.

 

Said Saab (1928-2003) - journalist and editor born in Aley, Lebanon
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Sami Makarem (1931–2012) was born in the village of Aytat. He is one of Lebanon’s most highly regarded scholars, authors, artists. He was the son of Sheikh Nassib Makarem (1889 – 1971), the famous calligraphic artist. His legacy continues today in the Sami Makarem Cultural Center in Aytat.

 

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Born in Aley in 1928, Shafiq Al Faqih was an accomplished artist, educator, author, and activist. He was a “quiet achiever”, rewarded by his triumphs over adversity and multiple contributions.

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Shakib Jaber (1932-1965) was a highly regarded lawyer and activist, born in Aley. His statue stands on the Damascus Highway, at the entrance to Aley, a tribute and reminder of the high esteem in which he was held within Lebanon and internationally.

Shakib Jaber
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The Talhouk family dates its origins among the earliest recorded settlers in Lebanon, and the district of Aley. The family played an important role in the development of the Mount Lebanon region.

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Born in Aley, Wahida Charafeddine (1935-2000) was a prominent member of the Women’s Social Resala Society and then its president. She was treasurer of the Lebanese Red Cross, a member of the Lebanese Women’s Association, and a member of the Druze Association in London.

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