- Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca
name =Sayyid Hussein bin Ali
title =Sharif and Emir of Mecca, King of Hejaz
reign =Sharif and Emir of Mecca 1908 – 1917
King of Hejaz 1917 - 1924
successor =Ali bin Hussein
Abdliya bin Abdullah
issue =King Ali of Hejaz
King Abdullah I of Jordan
King Faisal I of Iraq and Syria
dynasty =Al Hashimi Dynasty
father =Ghazi I
mother =Aliya bint Nasser
date of birth =1854
place of birth =
date of death =
4 June, 1931
place of death =
place of burial =Royal Mausoleum,
Sayyid Hussein bin Ali, GCB (1854 —
June 4, 1931) ( حسین بن علی; " Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī") was the Sharif of Mecca, and Emirof Mecca from 1908 until 1917, when he proclaimed himself king of Hejaz, which received international recognition. In 1924, he further proclaimed himself Caliphof all Muslims. He ruled Hejaz until 1924, when, defeated by Abdul Aziz al Saud, he abdicated the kingdom and other secular titles to his eldest son Ali. Arab Revolt
Hussein bin Ali was born in
Istanbul, Ottoman Empireand was the last of the Hashemiterulers over the Hejaz to be appointed by the Ottoman Empire. However, Sharif Hussein ibn Ali rebelled against the rule of the Ottomans during the Arab Revoltof 1916. During World War I, Hussein was initially allied with the Ottomansand Germany. Evidence that the Ottoman government was planning to depose him at the end of the war soured this alliance. An exchange of letters with British High CommissionerHenry McMahon convinced him that his assistance on the side of the Triple Ententewould be rewarded by an Arab empire encompassing the entire span between Egyptand Persia, with the exception of imperial possessions and interests in Kuwait, Aden, and the Syrian coast. Hussein was the official leader of the Arab Revoltagainst the Ottomans.
Following World War I
In the aftermath of the war, the Arabs found themselves freed from the Ottomans but placed under the mandate system of France and the United Kingdom, in which the "liberty" of the inhabitants would be guaranteed by their occupation by European imperial powers. The sons of Hussein were made the kings of
Transjordan(later Jordan), Syriaand Iraq. However, the monarchy in Syria was abruptly ended when the French were given control over the nation (resulting in much resistance and bloodshed), so his son (Faisal) was installed in Iraq instead.
King of Hejaz
When Hussein declared himself king of the
Hejaz, he also declared himself king of all Arabs ("malik bilad-al-Arab"). This aggravated his conflict with Ibn Saud, with whom he had fought before WWI on the side of the Ottomans in 1910. Two days after the Turkish Caliphate was abolished by the Turkish Grand National Assemblyon March 3, 1924, Hussein declared himself Caliph at his son Abdullah's winter camp in Shunah, Transjordan. [Teitelbaum, 2001, p. 243.] The claim to the title had a mixed reception, and he was soon ousted and driven out of Arabia by the Saudis, a rival clan that had no interest in the Caliphate. Saud defeated Hussein in 1924. Hussein continued to use the title of Caliph when living in Transjordan.
Exile and abdication
Though the British had supported Hussein from the start of the
Arab Revoltand the Hussein-McMahon Correspondence, they elected not to help Hussein repel the Saudi attack, which eventually took Mecca, Medina, and Jeddah. He was then forced to flee to Cyprus, where he donated funds for the construction of an Armenian church. He went to live in Amman, Transjordan, where his son Abdullah was king. After his abdication, his son 'Ali briefly assumed the throne, but then he too had to flee the encroachment of Ibn Saud and his Salafiforces. His son Faisal was briefly King of Syria and later King of Iraq.
Hussein died in Amman in 1931.
Marriage and children
Hussein, who had four wives, fathered four sons and three daughters with three of his wives.With his first wife Abdliya bin Abdullah he had:
*Prince Ali, last King of Hejaz married to Nafisa bint Abdullah.
*Prince Abdullah, Emir (later King) of Transjordan married to Musbah bint Nasser, Suzdil Hanum and Nahda bint Uman.
*Princess Fatima - married a European
*Prince Faisal, King of Iraq and Syria married to Huzaima bint Nasser.
With his second wife Madiha he had:
*Princess Saleha married to Abdullah bin Muhammed.
With his third wife Adila Khanmun he had:
*Princess Sara married Muhammad Atta Amin in July 1933 divorced September 1933.
*Prince Zeid, succeeded King
Faisal II of Iraqon his assassination in 1958, but never ruled as Iraq became a republic. Married to Fakhrelnissa Kabaac.
In the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia",
Alec Guinnessportrayed Prince Faisal, Sharif Hussein's son.
*Teitelbaum, Joshua (2001). "The Rise and Fall of the Hashemite Kingdom of the Hijaz". C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. ISBN 1850654603
* [http://www.4dw.net/royalark/Arabia/hijaz1.htm A detailed genealogy]
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