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The 150-year-old ancestral home of the Alamuddin family is a solid stone edifice built in the traditional Lebanese style, a testament to the prominent role the family has played in their native Chouf village of Baakline for centuries.The family remains tight-lipped regarding the impending nuptials of Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin and American movie star George Clooney."She's a good girl, educated, and this is the person she has chosen, and perhaps he is up to her standards," says Baakline native Imad Abou Mosleh, tending his shop not far from the Alamuddin home.His friend, Jad Abou Shaqra, pipes in to warn that there are "conditions" for Druze who marry non-Druze -- "penalty fees," he joked. Druze sheikhs will not officiate the marriage, but the local mukhtars will register it.Walid Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party and leader of the Druze community, famously married two women, neither of whom were Druze. The Alamuddins are considered one of the founding families of the village, playing a leading role in the community through the local council for generations.
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