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Thus arose the great Moslem Shiahs who sect of the refuse to acknowledge the ortho- The Origin and Growth of the Druzes dox Khalifs 19 Islam and recognise only Ali of and eleven others as Mohammed's divinely appointed successors, call Imams. the sixth whom they prefer to Especial honour Imam, Jaafar, is accorded to who gave to Shiahs their system of jurisprudence. the The majority of the Shiahs trace the divine succession through Jaafar's second son Musa, but some of them disputed this succession, and trace the Imamate through his older son Ismail.
Of Damascus and the worst elements amongst the Druzes were encouraged to participate, which compelled the European Powers to interfere, and put a stop to the awful massacre that took place in the memorable year 1860. The Lebanon was now placed under the protection of the Great Powers, and a Christian Governor-General was appointed whole of the Lebanon with at his for the headquarters Bteddin, near Deir-el-Kamar, with four lieutenant-governors for certain sub-divisions of the Lebanon, one Druze with districts, of whom was always a his headquarters, for the removed from the ancient Druze capital of Deir-el-Kamar to the religious centre of the Druzes at Baakleen, situated about three miles from the chief governor's palace at Bteddin.
First of Ali, the fourth Khalif, was the Mohammed and the husband daughter Fatima. On the death of cousin of his Mohammed, one section of his followers claimed that Ali and his descendants could alone succeed by divine right to the leadership of the Faithful. They were overruled by the majority who elected Omar and Abu Bekr, then afterwards Othman, at whose death (17) 2 The Druzes 18 of Lebanon and Bashan After Ali at last succeeded to the Khaliphate. five years Ali was assassinated and his fol- who lowers elected Ali's son, Hasan, abdi- cated in favour of his father's rival Muawiyeh, Governor at his of Syria, death on the understanding that Hasan would succeed to The compact was, however, Khaliphate.