El Khazen History
The Maan and the Khazen (Part1)
Written by De Khazen   

 

Abou Nader el Khazen

 

The Maan and the Khazen (Part1)

 

Fakhreddine The Great

When the situation in Chouf went back to normal, Sitt Nassab left Balloune for her brother’s (Prince Seifeddine al-Tannoukhi) residence in Abey. When the children passed the minor age, which was 14 at the time, their uncle gave them the Chouf province and the elder brother later on became Emir Fakhreddine the second. The latter, in recognition of Ibrahim Bin Chidiac Sarkis el Khazen’s work, asked him to join the palace and appointed him as his close advisor and gave him the “Mokaddam” title.

In 1600, “Mokaddam” Khazen died leaving behind four children, with the elder son being Khazen who was later on known as Abou-Nader el Khazen and is one of the great founding fathers of the Khazen family. In fact, he was highly trusted by Emir Fakhreddine who named him “Moudabber” following the death of his father and in appreciation of his noble qualities, wisdom, modesty and competence. According to Ristelhueber, the religious tolerance that was attributed to Emir Fakhreddine was the direct influence of Abou Nader el Khazen as Abou Nader helped the Emir build a bridge between the Maronites and the Druzes and strengthened the collaboration between the two communities.

 

Fakhreddine’s Exil

Fakhreddine’s ascension to power was quite remarkable but despite being enjoying a great popularity, he still held grudges against the Ottomans who assassinated his father and wanted to seek revenge despite being advised not to by his mother Sitt Nassab and his counselor el Khazen. For that, he stroke a secret accord in 1608  with Ferdinand the first, Duke of Tuscani, whereas the Tuscan float would come to bring out the Ottomans but the British unveiled the plan and the Ottoman army led by Ahmed Hafez, Pacha of Damas, repelled them forcing Fakhreddine to go into exile. His son was proclaimed Grand Emir of Lebanon and Abou Nader stayed in Lebanon as the new Emir’s counselor.

 

Few years later, and after Hafez Pasha was replaced by Mhammad Pacha, a friend of the Maans, Emir Fakhreddine made his was back in 1617 as part of a deal that his mother arranged and that required that he gives away some of his strongholds such as the Chateau de Beaufort.

 
Origins of the "Prince of Maronite" Title
Written by Malek   

During the 18th and 19th century, under the guidance of the head of the family Cheikh Abou Naufal el Khazen and later on his sons the next consuls combined administrative responsibilities with the function of French consul. The Khazen were successful in spreading the message of the Maronites in Lebanon. They played a unique role in supporting the Clergy and strengthen the relationship of the Maronites with France at the time. This has resulted in nominating the Khazen as "Consul de France" and refering to them by as "Prince of Maronites" by the kings of France including Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI/

 

Please refer to the below documents:

 

A gift from Louis XIV to the Prince of Maronites

 

 

The letter below is a message from the King of France Louis XIV to Cheikh Abou Naufal el Khazen thanking the Khazen Family  and referring them as "Prince of the Maronites".  The King was displaying his gratitude to the  Khazen's maintaining safety in Mount Lebanon and their support to the Maronite community and Clergy .

 

 

The letter below was sent from The Duc D'Orleans thanking the Khazen for their generosity and mutual love btw them. The Duc D'Orleans refer to the Khazen as "Prince"

 

 

The below certificate was offered to Cheikh Hosun el Khazen by the Princess De Lusignan, thanking the "Prince Hosun el  khazen" family for their donations.

 

 

The below letters were sent by King of France Louis XV thanking the Khazen family for their warm wishes that he received from them  earlier in the year. He refers to the family as "Prince of the Maronites"

 

 

 

 

 
Patriarch Youssef Dargham El Khazen (Ctnd)
Written by De Khazen   

 

Early Life

Patriarch Youssef Dargham El Khazen is also known as Ibin Fayyad (Son of Fayyad) or Abi Kanssouh Ibin Abi Nawfal (Son of Abi Nawfal) Nader El Khazen. Patriarch Dargham was mostly known for being a strong and brave man, who handled his sword and riffle with deadly efficiency. His heroic stories span all across Lebanon, and the most notable incident happened back in 1704, when he was sent to reclaim the Maronite Patriarch’s honor.

 

Here is a short summary of what happened on that year based on testimonies from historical books and references.

 

In 1704, a group of Muslim Shiite Sheikhs (Known as Hamadiyyin) headed towards Deir Annoubin in Bcharreh to meet with Maronite Patriarch Estefan Doueihy and ask him for a large amount of money. The Patriarch did not comply with their demands as he did not have the money and as a result was assaulted physically by Sheikh Issa, leader of the Shiite Sheikhs, and then cursed and humiliated publically.  

 

After the assailants had left, Patriarch Doueihi dispatched a letter to Cheikh Hosn El Khazen informing him of the incident. Upon reading the letter, Sheikh Hosn became furious and quickly ordered his brother Sheikh Dargham and two of his relatives Sheikh Moussa Tarabay and Cheikh Nader Abou Khater to gather an army of 400 men and capture those who dared disrespect the Maronite Patriarch. 

 

Cheikh Hosn was the son of Fayyad aka Abi Kanssou, grandchild of Abi Nawfal, and whose father occupied many important positions during the rule of Prince Maan.

 

 
Khazen family History based on DNA results
Written by Malek el Khazen   

 

Khazen Family History and path to Lebanon (scientific results from DNA sample of an el Khazen member)

 

 

Cheikh Malek Fady el Khazen (born in 1981) founder of khazen.org descendant of Chidiac Sarkis el Khazen (born in 1570) who is the common ancestor of most of the current members of the el khazen family has participated in the Genographic project by taking a sample of his DNA and sent it for test results to the labs of the scientist Spencer Wells lab. The result of this test is very important since it traces the paternal history (through 50 thousands years ago) of the majority of the members of the Khazen family. The results will be the exact same for every member of the Khazen family descendant of Chidiac Sarkis el Khazen (born in 1570) which is most of the khazen family.

 

 

Cheikh Malek Fady el Khazen has tested his Y chromosome, which is passed down from father to son and reveals the Khazen direct paternal ancestry up to 50 0000 years ago, therefore the Y chromosome will give the exact same result to all the Khazen Family members. In fact, the Y does not have a matching chromosome most of it (the non-recombining region) escapes the shuffling process known as recombination (between male and female) that occurs every generation in the rest of our genome.  This allows the Y to be passed down through a purely male line changed only by random mutation line. In this test Cheikh Malek Fady el Khazen analyzed the Y chromosome which is a purely male line therefore a purely khazen descent.The results reveal our deep ancestry along our single paternal line of direct descent (and show the migration paths they followed thousands of years ago. The results will also place us on a particular branch of the human family tree. These results have confirmed our expectations of our history. This scientific study is first divided in a history and information of the geographic project and the second part describes in detail the DNA results of the el Khazen family and analysis.

Please Click Read more to view results of the DNA test by the Khazen family and their history and information about the project

 

 
El Khazen origins
Written by Malek el Khazen   

تاريخ العائلة الخازنيــة

نقلاً عن مخطوطة لآل الخازن وجدت في بلدة بقعتوتة كسروان عند الشيخ امين فرنسيس الخازن:"ان العائلة الخازنية هي طائفة من عرب النصارى بالحجاز ، من بني حسان (وقيل ان الصواب غسان) والجد المعروف الذي تسلسلت منه العائلة الى الآن يدعى "نمر" ونمر هذا تولى الخزينة في زمن حكومة بني غسان . ومن بعده ولده يوسف. وحين تولوا الخزينة الأبن بعد ابيه زمن طويل لقبوا بالخازن . القرية التي سكنوها دعيت بإسم الخازنية (وهي خازنية بني غسان) وفي سنة 1450 م تسبب الخوف الزائد الذي حصل بذلك الحين ، انتقل نمر بن يوسف من الخازنية التي هي بإمارة بني غسان الى الحولانية في حوران هو واولاده : الياس ويوسف وسركيس وجرجس وابن اخيه يوحنا المسمى وهيبة وقد كان قد توفي والده في الخازنية سنة 1448 م واقاموا في تلك الناحية مدة ومنها رحلوا الى جهات اليمونة ودير الأحمر ونحلة في بلاد بعلبك. واقاموا هناك الى سنة 1475م بعدما رحل الياس الى جاج ثم توجه ابن عمه وهيبه الى بلاد عكار وغانم بن وهيبه توجه الى كسروان الى عجلتون.
والياس خلف في جاج سركيس والعازار .

 
Chidiac Sarkis El Khazen (Origin of El Khazen family)
Written by Malek el Khazen   


الشدياق سركيس الخازن، جد العائلة الخازن

يرجع اصل بيت الخازن الى جدهم الأعلى الشدياق سركيس الخازن. اما ما جاء عنهم في كتاب الأصول التاريخية وفي تاريخ شيبان وبعض المخطوطات من ان اصل هذه العائلة من الحجاز او من اليمن وانهم من بني غسان او غيرهم وانهم منذ سنة 1100 كانوا يتنقلون بين الشام ونابلوس وبلدة اذرع في حوران واليمونة ونحلة في جهات بعلبك الى ان حلوا آخر مراحلهم في جاج ، وان والد الشدياق سركيس كان اسمه الياس ، فتلك آراء ما تزال قيد البحث والتمحيص. وكذا القول عن بعض الأسر اللبنانية وعن اتصال نسبها بجدود بيت الخازن، عسى الأيام تكشف ما هناك من غوامض. اما الثابت فهو ان الشدياق سركيس الخازن انتقل من جاج الى البوار سنة 1545 م ونسخ فيها كتابي الانجيل وريش قربان بالخط الكرشوني ثم صعد الى بلونة في ارض عجلتون وتوطن فيها مع عياله . وفي سنة 1570 توفي عن ولدين هما ابو صقر ابراهيم وابو صافي رباح . والى هذين الفرعين يعود جميع افراد العائلة وبهما يتصل كل واحد بالجد الأصلي الشدياق سركيس بن الخازن.

 

 
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