Bani Utbah

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The Bani Utbah (Arabic: بني عتبةbanī ʿUtbah) is a federation of Arab clans, which originated from Najd. The federation is thought to have been formed when a group of clans migrated to Iraq and the Persian Gulf coast in the 16th century. Utub (Arabic: العتوبʿutūb) is the plural form, while the singular form is Utbi (Arabic: العتبيal-ʿUtbī ). The current monarchies of Bahrain and Kuwait trace their origins back to the federation. The etymological origin of the clan's name is thought be derived from the Arabic "atab", meaning "wanderer", referring to their migration to the Persian Gulf area in 1744.[1]

Invasion of Oman (1697)[edit]

The Shia Safavids asked for the assistance of the Utub in invading Oman in 1697; however, they were defeated, as they were already engaged in another war with the Ottomans for the control of Basra.[2]

1717 Omani invasion of Bahrain[edit]

The sultan of Oman at the time asked for the assistance of the Utub in invading Bahrain in 1717.[3]


  1. ^ Metz, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress; edited by Helen Chapin (1994). Arabian Gulf States : country studies (2nd ed. ed.). Washington, D.C.: U.S.G.P.O. p. 19. ISBN 0-8444-0793-3. 
  2. ^ The Persian Gulf: A Political and Economic History of Five Port Cities 1500-1730, William Floor, p295
  3. ^ ^ محمد خليل المرعشي , مجمع التواريخ , تحقيق عباس اقبال, طهران , 1328هـ - 1949م , ص 37-39