Born into a U.N. D-2 family, Hab isn't moved by any national affinity, and views the world from a TCK lens.
He does believe in the importance of maintaining the below historical accounts from a humanities perspective.
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RELATING | genealogical identity
Running long in Hab El-Assa'ad-Bader’s line is a duality of diplomacy and defiance: Unrelated to Syrian or Palestinian Al-Assads, he is among very few living legacies today of the Al-Assaad dynasty, whose lineage defended fellow denizens of history’s Jabal Aamel (Mount Amel) principality – today southern Lebanon – for 36 generations, throughout the Arab caliphate by Sheikh al Mashayekh (Chief of Chiefs) Nassif Al-Nassar (the Invictor) ibn Al-Wa’ili, Ottoman conquest under Shabib Pasha Al Assaad, and colonial French administration by his grandfather Hassib Beyk—also supreme court Judge and grand speaker at halls across the Levant.
His patriarchy originated when the kin of the Najdi (today Saudi) traveling bedouin Ali El Sagheer (Seger, the Young) were proclaimed Al Assaad (the Most Rejoiceful) by their adopting people of Jabal Aamel after liberating Sidon & Tyre, its ancient and Biblical capitals, from Byzantine tyrants (wherefrom the term originated). Ali's tribe, the Anazzah (of Bani Wa’il), as are the Al-Saud royalty and other peninsulars… yet, a branch of the Rwala side that caravaned northwest in search of arable farmland (led by Prince Mejhem ibn Meheid, Croix de Légion d’Honneur holder; taken Lady of Ellenborough, Jane E. Digby.
Having for generations thereafter bloodmixed to the point of consanguinity with the local Mediterranean population, during their Al-Assaad era, they, as provincial governors by consent, were given Khuwwa (brotherly voluntary crop-sharing) by local clans to finance protecting their co-operative trade from outside occupation, peacefully upholding the autonomy of a laborious few in the midst of one massive imperial taxation hegemony after another. This continued until contemporary domestic ideological belligerence, foreign interferences, and emergence of corruption led to rapid depredation of the Al-Assaads’ ability to deliver its constituency from external subjugation, ultimately resulting in the voluntary exodus of Mr. Al-Assaad's immediate family upon Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, perhaps returning in better times, if at all. Having let go of the republic's past unless birthed new context, he instead wholly grapples with more international challenges testing our species as a whole.
Today, the Al-Assaad name is carried by a handful of fearless perseverants in the disjointed Lebanese electoral landscape, such as his cousins Riad (businessperson, financier of the Together Towards Change syndicate of independents), Maan (human rights lawyer & propagator of the Tayyar Al Assaadi current), and Ahmad (founder of the Lebanese Option Party & Saving the Next Generation)… as well as those in international service, such as Nael (cousin) – envoy for HM King Abdullah of Jordan and former husband of late Saudi magnate Adnan Khashoggi’s sister Soheir. Mr. Al-Assaad's sister Hoda, an organizer of IMF’s 2003 Annual Meetings and ex-Clearstream Banking, Dubai Holding, and the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, recently joined the Arab Media Group after running the office of Fouad Makhzoumi – the ultra-HNW industrialist behind the National Dialogue Party.
EXPRESSING | biological heredity
Genomic testing reveals his specifically 98.6% Western Asian, Southern European, and North African heritage, a pedigree characteristic of antiquity’s pan-Mediterranean Phoenicians, whose initially Canaanite and later Carthagenean mercantile routes included the coasts of Greece, Italy, Iberia and back… their most coveted luxury export being purple dye (worn by European royalty of the time). Recent red rock archaeological finds and DNA of Hohokam tribe natives in Sedona (Sidonia, the Biblical name for Lebanon’s Sidon), near Phoeni[cs], Arizona, now suggests that these ancestral seafarers may have had larger ships to venture as far as into the American gene pool— re-exporting Egyptian farming tech and Proto-Semitic script over vast oceans... adding credence to Yale and Mulekite Mormon theory on the Los Lunas Decalogue, Bat Creek Inscription, and Dighton Rock sites. In Phoenician, which the Latin alphabet was based on, “hohokam" means 'the sea peoples’. Arizona’s Hohokam were known to wear seashell jewelry. If true, Levantines would become the earliest known non-indigenous immigrant settlers (predating Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus in reaching the New World), prompting a rethink of First Nation sovereignties and a rewrite of school textbooks.
His remainder is predominantly 1.3% Polish, presumably remnants of Khazari migration to the Holy Land, and finally, a 0.1% Sudanese trace from the ancient Nubian "cradle of human civilization", both possibly respectively explained in his mother, Ghada Bader — maternally from Haifa of Circassian descent but paternally originating in Upper Egypt (with respect to the Nile).
Contrarily, some dismiss that this is an insignificant detection error, or a better unmentioned blot from the slave trade periods.
However, highly relevant to a racist Levant today that is averse to welcoming its inter-racial children from repatriates, Mr. Al-Assaad posits a fresh alternative; that the southern Lebanese town, Nabatiye (Canaanite for “The Appearance”), originated as a pre-Abrahamic settlement of free royal cedarwood buyers from the early kingdom of Nobatia, in today’s north Sudan, welcomed by the Phoenicians after they were forbidden to re-enter Egypt's Hathor, remaining as Pharaonic pilgrims to the mysteries of Ba'alat Ishtar and Gebal (Astarte and Lady of Byblos—the Levant's equals of their Isis and Hathor), later naturally dissolved into the local haplotype after all was but assimilated by the Romans.
While a questionable theory, Mr. Al-Assaad asserts it is no less plausibly evidenced than that of this Sudanese trace being inherited from: (a) his Najdi Arabian bedouin line, which traded with Zanzibar through Yemen then up the Hejaz [where Petra's Nabatean Kingdom rose] on its caravan route to Lebanon; (b) later-stage Nobatian Coptics following the missionaries of Jesus through the Lebanons integrated with the Christians to found Nabatiye; (c) Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ismail; or (d) the controversial Biblical interpretation of Ham (Noah's grandson born mixed with a descendant of Cain - who was not white).
Other deceased notable relations in modernity included the much renowned Kamel Beyk – Speaker of the House of the Lebanese Parliament and genitor of the Social Democratic Party (grandcousin); Haider (father) – historian and among the first official delegates to visit the new People’s Republic of China in the 1960’s following Ministerial civil service – later serving as a Director at the FAO of the United Nations and consultant to TRW and the World Bank; his passed uncles… namely His late Excellency Sa'id, Ambassador of Lebanon to France and Belgium who was wed to Bahija El-Solh, the aunt of HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of K.S.A. and daughter of Riyad El-Solh, architect of Lebanon’s independence from French mandatehood and drafter of the newly formed republic’s first constitution (leading to the small country’s becoming an exceptional example of economic and touristic freedom in its wider region until Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war); and Hazaa – who entered Middle East Airlines into alliance with Pan Am (led by Najeeb Halaby, father of Lisa Halaby, who later became HM Queen Noor of Jordan). Surviving them —last of the elder circle—are esteemed power-broking socialites such as Bassam and Madame Zahye. Similitude to Habib Pasha Assaad, 1922-1936 Prime Minister and President of Lebanon, is coincidental.
Mr. Al-Assaad himself has no partisan affiliations or political aspirations but endorses the Union of the Mediterranean. While identifying more with world impact and not with patriotic flags, to this day he remains solely Lebanese by choice and has not sought other citizenship, albeit depending on scenarios he is currently monitoring, in particular the present tragic situation befalling the country's people and economy.
a showcase of family exhibits from across time periods
Ghada S. Bader
In French Colonial Beirut
Haider H. El-Assaad
In Kingsville, Texas
Shabib Pasha Al-Assaad
Ottoman Era Governor
Ariche: Man of Bryssa
Sheikh S. bin Sha'lan
Rwala Chief of Chiefs
Arab Caliphate tribesFawaz Nawaf Noori Sha'lan
Arab Caliphate tribesSheikh Nassif Al-Nassar
Arab Caliphate tribesAl Noori bin Sha'lan
Arab Caliphate tribes
Haider H. Al-Assaad
Ghada S. Bader
b. 1940 in British HaifaEmir Mejhem ibn Meheid
British MandateHon. Hassib Beyk Al-Assaad
Ottoman Era Chief Justice
View of Zrariye Pasture
Plantation in distance
Fishing off Tyre Port
Circa 1910, Australian Navy
Mount Amel Map
In 1920, per Mervais 2000