Royal house
surname = House of Hashim
estate = Jordan and Iraq
coat of arms =
parent house = Banu Hashim, a branch of the Quraish tribe.
country = Jordan and Iraq
titles = Sharif of Mecca, King of Jordan, King of Iraq, King of Hejaz, King of Syria, Imam of Yemen
founder = Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca
final ruler = Faisal II in Iraq, Jordanian branch is extant.
current head = King Abdullah II (Jordan)
Ra'ad bin Zeid (Iraq)
founding year = 1916
dissolution = 1958 in Iraq 14 July Revolution.
nationality = Arab

Hashemite is the Latinate version of the Arabic: هاشمي (transliteration: Hāšimī) and traditionally refers to those belonging to the Banu Hashim, or "clan of Hashim", a clan within the larger Quraish tribe. It also refers to an Arab dynasty whose original strength stemmed from the network of tribal alliances and blood loyalties in the Hejaz region of Arabia, along the Red Sea.


The Hashemites [ [http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/hashemites.html The Hashemites: Jordan's Royal Family] ] trace their ancestry from Hashim ibn Abd al-Manaf (died c.510 AD), the great-grandfather of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, although the definition today mainly refers to the descendants of the prophet's daughter, Fatimah. [T E Lawrence (1926) Seven Pillars of Wisdom reprinted 2000 Penguin classics p 48] The early history of the Hashemites saw them in a continuous struggle against the Umayyads for control over who would be the caliph or successor to Muhammad. The Umayyads were of the same tribe as the Hashemites, but a different clan. This rivalry eventually would lead to the split between the Sunni and Shia.Fact|date=March 2007After the overthrow of the Umayyads, the Abbasids would present themselves as representatives of the Hashemites, as they claimed descent from Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib, an uncle of Muhammad. Muhammad's father had died before he was born, and his mother died while he was a child, so Muhammad was raised by his uncle Abu Talib, chief of the Hashemites. [Time-Life Books, "What Life Was Like: In the Land of the Prophet", p. 17]

From the 10th century onwards, the Sharif (religious leader) of Mecca and its Emir was by traditional agreement a Hashemite. Before World War I, Hussein bin Ali of the Hashemite Dhawu-'Awn clan ruled the Hejaz on behalf of the Ottoman sultan. The Sharif of Mecca and his descendants had to convert to Sunni Islam during the Ottoman rule in order to remain in their position. For some time it had been the practice of the Sublime Porte to appoint the Emir of Mecca from among a select group of candidates. In 1908, Hussein bin Ali was appointed Emir of Mecca. He found himself increasingly at odds with the Young Turks in control at Istanbul, while he strove to secure his family's position as hereditary Emirs.

During and after World War I

Sharif Hussein ibn Ali rebelled against the rule of the Ottomans during the Arab Revolt of 1916. [T E Lawrence (1926) Seven Pillars of Wisdom reprinted 2000 Penguin classics p 53] Between 1917 and 1924, after the collapse of Ottoman power, Hussein bin Ali ruled an independent Hejaz, of which he proclaimed himself king, with the tacit support of the British Foreign Office. His supporters are sometimes referred to as "Sharifians" or the "Sharifian party". His chief rival in the Arabian peninsula was the king of the highlanders on the highland of Najd named Ibn Saud, who annexed the Hejaz in 1925 and set his own son, Faysal bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, as governor. The region was later incorporated into Saudi Arabia.

Hussein bin Ali had five sons:
* Ali, who briefly succeeded to the throne of Hejaz before its loss to the Saud family.
* Abdullah, later became the king of Transjordan, and whose descendants rule the kingdom, that has been known ever since as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
* Faisal, was briefly proclaimed King of Syria, and ended up becoming King of Iraq.
* Prince Zeid, who moved to Jordan when his brother's grandson was overthrown and murdered in a coup in 1958.
* Hassan, died at a young age.

The royal family of the hereditary Sulu Sultanate, which includes Sulu (part of the Philippines), and Sabah (part of Malaysia), consider themselves Hashemites. [ [http://www.royalsulu.com/about.htm Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah Official Website] ]

See also

*Hashemite University
*Alan Rush
**" [http://www.amazon.ca/Records-Hashimite-Dynasties-Alan-Lacy/dp/1852075902 Records of the Hashimite Dynasties: A Twentieth-Century Documentary History of the Royal Families of Jordan, Iraq and the Hijaz] " (15 vols. Archive Editions, 1995). Editor and researcher


External links

* [http://www.princehamzah.jo/English/The_Hashemite_Lineage.html Hashemite Lineage]

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