Nazira Jumblatt

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Nazira Jumblatt (1890–1951) (Arabic: نظيره جنبلاط‎) was a Druze leader and the mother of Lebanese politician and Kamal Jumblatt. Nazira took on the political role and the leadership of the Jumblatt family upon the assassination of her husband Fouad in 1921. Nazira ran the family affairs until her son Kamal took the reins of political and family leadership into his own hands. Nazira was styled sitt (lady in Arabic).[1]


French novelist Pierre Benoit used Al-Sitt Nazira as the model for the heroine of his 1924 novel La Châtelaine du Liban (the Châtelaine of Lebanon).[2][3] Sitt Nazira was also the main subject of the 2003 Lebanese documentary Lady of the Palace.


  1. ^ Bernard Reich (1 January 1990). Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-26213-5. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Travaux et jours (in French). Beirut: Centre culturel universitaire, Université Saint-Joseph. 1998. p. 112. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Edmond Jouve (1991). Pierre Benoit, témoin de son temps: actes du colloque de l'Association des écrivains de langue française (ADELF) à Masclat (Lot) (in French). Editions Albin Michel. ISBN 978-2-226-05705-1. Retrieved 18 September 2013.