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The Hashemites (Arabic: الهاشميون‎, Al-Hāshimīyūn; also House of Hashim) are the ruling royal family of Jordan. The House was also the royal family of Syria (1920), Hejaz (1916–1925) and Iraq (1921–1958). The family belongs to the Dhawu Awn, one of the branches of the Hasanid Sharifs of Mecca – also referred to as Hashemites – who ruled Mecca continuously from the 10th century until its conquest by the House of Saud in 1924.[1] Their eponymous ancestor is traditionally considered to be Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, great-grandfather of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

House of Hashim

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Coat of arms of Jordan
Parent houseDhawu Awn, a branch of Banu Qatadah, of Banu Hasan, of Banu Hashim, of Quraysh
CountryHejaz (in present-day Saudi Arabia), Syria, Iraq, Jordan
  • 1916 in Hejaz
  • 1920 in Syria
  • 1921 in Iraq and Jordan
FounderHussein ibn Ali
Current head
Final ruler
Estate(s)C.f. Hashemite custodianship of Jerusalem holy sites
The ceremonial Hashemite banner of the Kingdom of Jordan

The current dynasty was founded by Sharif Hussein ibn Ali, who was appointed as Sharif and Emir of Mecca by Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1908, then in 1916 was proclaimed King of the Arab Lands (but only recognized as King of the Hejaz) after initiating the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. His sons Abdullah and Faisal assumed the thrones of Jordan and Iraq in 1921.



Main branchEdit

Queen Noor's familyEdit

  • Queen Noor (King Hussein's widow)
    • Prince Hamzah and Princess Basmah (The King's half-brother and half-sister-in-law)
      • Princess Haya (The King's niece)
      • Princess Zein (The King's niece)
      • Princess Noor (The King's niece)
      • Princess Badiya (The King's niece)
    • Prince Hashim and Princess Fahdah (The King's half-brother and half-sister-in-law)
      • Princess Haalah (The King's niece)
      • Princess Rayet (The King's niece)
      • Princess Fatima (The King's niece)
      • Prince Hussein (The King's nephew)
    • Princess Iman (The King's half-sister)
    • Princess Raiyah (The King's half-sister)

Queen Alia's familyEdit

Princess Muna's familyEdit

Princess Dina's familyEdit

Descendants of King TalalEdit

  • Prince Muhammad and Princess Taghrid (The King's uncle and aunt)
    • Prince Talal and Princess Ghida (The King's cousin and cousin-in-law)
      • Prince Hussein (The King's first cousin once removed)
      • Prince Muhammad (The King's first cousin once removed)
      • Princess Rajaa (The King's first cousin once removed)
    • Prince Ghazi and Princess Areej (The King's cousin and cousin-in-law)
      • Princess Tasneem (The King's first cousin once removed)
      • Prince Abdullah (The King's first cousin once removed)
      • Princess Jennah (The King's first cousin once removed)
      • Princess Salsabil (The King's first cousin once removed)
  • Princess Firyal (The King's ex-aunt)
  • Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath (The King's uncle and aunt)
  • Princess Basma (The King's aunt)

Descendants of King Abdullah IEdit

  • Prince Ali and Princess Reema (King Hussein's cousin and cousin-in-law)
    • Prince Muhammad and Princess Sima (The King's second cousin and his wife)
    • Prince Hamzah (The King's second cousin)
    • Princess Rania (The King's second cousin)
    • Princess Karma (The King's second cousin)
    • Prince Haidar (The King's second cousin)
    • Princess Na'afa (The King's second cousin)
    • Princess Rajwa (The King's second cousin)
    • Princess Basma Fatima (The King's second cousin)
  • Prince Asem and Princess Sana (King Hussein's cousin and cousin-in-law)

Iraqi Hashemites (Descendants of Ra'ad ibn Zaid)Edit

The descendants of Iraqi Hashemite prince Ra'ad ibn Zaid have been awarded Jordanian citizenship and are addressed in the style of His Royal Highness and Prince in Jordan.

  • Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad - Jordanian diplomat, served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2014 to 2018. Born January 26, 1964, married to Sarah Butler (Now HRH Princess Sarah Zeid). They have 3 children, HH Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid (Born: 17 May 2001), HH Princess Hala bint Zeid (Born: 13 March 2003) and HH Princess Azizah.
  • Prince Mired bin Ra'ad - born June 11, 1965, married to Dina Khalifeh (Now HRH Princess Dina Mired). They have 3 children, HH Princess Shirin bint Mir'ed (Born: 19 May 1993), HH Prince Rakan bin Mir'ed (Born: 20 November 1995) and HH Prince Jafar bin Mir'ed (Born: 4 September 2002).
  • Prince Firas bin Ra'ad - born October 12, 1969, married to Dana Nabil Toukan (Now HRH Princess Dana Firas). They have 3 children, HH Princess Safa bint Firas (Born: 26 July 2001), HH Princess Haya bint Firas (Born: 7 March 2003) and HH Prince Hashem bin Firas (Born: 31 October 2010).
  • Prince Faisal bin Ra'ad - born March 6, 1975, graduated from Brown University, and married to Lara Sukhtian (Now HRH Princess Lara Faisal). She worked with MSNBC NBC News in Baghdad covering the Iraq war. She's the daughter of Munjid Sukhtian. They have 3 children, HH Princess Hanan bint Faisal (Born: 3 September 2006), HH Princess Mariam bint Faisal (Born: 25 July 2008) and HH Prince bin Faisal (Born: April 2013).
  • Princess Fakhrelnissa bint Ra'ad - born January 11, 1981, married to Sharif Hajjar. They have 3 children, Prince Radwan Hajjar (Born: 8 August 2006), Faisal Hajjar (Born: 14 December 2007) and a daughter Lana Hajjar (Born: 31 May 2012).

Non-royals (Descendants of Zaid ibn Shaker)Edit

Prince Zaid ibn Shaker, a member of the Dhawu Awn clan whose father Shaker ibn Zaid migrated to Transjordan with his cousin Abdullah I of Jordan, was awarded the non-hereditary title of "prince" in 1996. His children, one son and one daughter, are addressed as "Sharifs" - not princes.[2]


Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca (1853–1931), the founder of the modern dynasty.

The Hashemites claim to trace their ancestry from Hashim ibn 'Abd Manaf (died c. 497 AD), the great-grandfather of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, although the definition today mainly refers to the descendants of Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.[3] 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. After 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 ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, chief of the Hashemites.[4]

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. 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 to the Emirate 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.

The Hashemites and the Arab RevoltEdit

Hussein bin Ali's lineage and destined position as the Sharif of Mecca helped foster the ambition for an independent Arab kingdom and caliphate. These pretensions came to the Ottoman rulers' attention and caused them to "invite" Hussein to Constantinople as the guest of the sultan in order to keep him under direct supervision. Hussein brought his four sons, Ali, Abdullah, Faisal, and Zeid, with him. It was not until after the Young Turk Revolution that he was able to return to the Hijaz and was officially appointed the Sharif.

Of Hussein's four sons, Abdullah was the most politically ambitious and became the planner and driving force behind the Arab revolt. Abdullah received military training in both the Hijaz and Constantinople. He was the deputy for Mecca in the Ottoman Parliament between 1912 and 1914. During this period, Abdullah developed deep interest in Arab nationalism and linked his father's interest for autonomous rule in the Hijaz to complete Arab emancipation.[5] In 1914 he met the British high commissioner, Lord Kitchener, in Cairo to discuss the possibility of the British supporting an Arab uprising against the Turks. The possibility of co-operation was raised but no commitment was made by either side. Shortly after Abdullah returned to Mecca, he became his father's foreign minister, political advisor, and one of the commanders of the Arab Revolt.

Faisal, Hussein's third son, played an active role in the revolt as commander of the Arab army while the overall leadership was placed in the hands of his father. The idea of an Arab uprising against the Ottoman Empire was first conceived by Abdullah.[6] Only after gradual and persistent nudging did Abdullah convince his father, the conservative Sharif of Mecca, to move from the idea of home rule of a portion of Arabia within the Ottoman Empire to complete and total independence of the entire Empire's Arab provinces. Hussein recognized the necessity of breaking away from the Empire in the beginning of 1914 when he realized that he would not be able to complete his political objectives within the framework of the Ottomans. To have any success with the Arab revolt, the backing of another great power was crucial.

Hussein regarded Arab unity as synonymous with his own kingship, he aspired to have the entire Arab peninsula, Greater Syria, and Iraq under his and his descendants' rule. After a year of fruitless negotiation, Sir Henry McMahon conveyed the British government's agreement to recognize Arab independence over an area that was much more limited than what Hussein had aspired for. The Arab revolt, an Anglo-Hashemite plot in its essence, broke out in June of 1916. Britain financed the revolt and supplied arms, provisions, direct artillery support, and experts in desert warfare including the legendary and controversial T. E. Lawrence. The Hashemites promised more than they were able to deliver, and their ambitious plan collapsed. There were only a small number of Syrian and Iraqi nationalists who joined under the Sharifan banner while others remained loyal to the Ottoman sultan.

During and after World War IEdit

Sharif Hussein bin Ali rebelled against the rule of the Ottomans during the Arab Revolt of 1916.[7] For Hashemite contribution to the Allied forces effort to bring down the Ottoman empire, Britain promised, or perhaps half-promised, its support for Arab independence. However, the McMahon-Hussein correspondence left territorial limits governing this promise obscurely defined leading to a long and bitter disagreement between the two sides.

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". Hussein bin Ali's chief rival in the Arabian Peninsula, the king of the Najd (highlands), Ibn Saud, annexed the Hejaz in 1925 and established his own son, Faysal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as governor. The region was later incorporated into Saudi Arabia.

Hussein bin Ali had five sons:

The foundation of TransjordanEdit

In May of 1923, the British government granted Transjordan its independence with Abdullah as ruler. The degree of independence that was afforded to the Arab states by colonial powers was an ongoing issue, however in the case of Transjordan, the independence enjoyed was very limited; substantial influence and control was reserved by Britain. In internal affairs the local ruler was given a considerable amount of power; these powers were exercised in an autocratic manner by the Hashemite family while remaining under the superintendence of the British Resident in Amman and the high commissioner in Palestine.[8]

A constitutional government was built for outward appearances, not so much to limit the Hashemites' local power. In internal affairs of state, the local rulers were given a considerable amount of power. However when it came to foreign and external affairs, the Hashemites had to accept their subservient role established by Whitehall.

Family treeEdit

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ T. E. Lawrence (1926), Seven Pillars of Wisdom, reprinted 2000, Penguin Classics, p. 48
  4. ^ Time-Life Books, What Life Was Like: In the Land of the Prophet, p. 17
  5. ^ Shlaim, Avi (1988). Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine. Columbia University Press. p. 20.
  6. ^ Shlaim, Avi (1988). Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine. Columbia University Press. p. 22.
  7. ^ T. E. Lawrence (1926), Seven Pillars of Wisdom, reprinted 2000 Penguin classics, p. 53
  8. ^ Shlaim, Avi (1988). Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine. Columbia University Press. p. 37.
  9. ^ Kamal Salibi (15 December 1998). The Modern History of Jordan. I. B. Tauris. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Hashemite Ancestry". 1 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2018.

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