Banu Lakhm is a large Arab tribe tracing their lineage back to Qahtan, who among many achievements, created an Arab kingdom in Al-Hira, near modern Kufa, Iraq. This kingdom acted as a buffer zone between Arabia and the Persian Empire, preventing Bedouin Arab tribes from infiltrating Persian lands.
See more information in the Al-Hira page.
The Banu Lakhm, or Lakhmids, are descendents from Malik (Malichus) bin Uday bin Al-Harith (Aretas) bin Murr bin Add bin Zayed bin Yashjub bin Oreb bin Zayed bin Kahlan bin Saba' (Sheba) bin Qahtan (Joktan), a Qahtanite Yemeni Arab tribe.
Their kingdom in Hira was ruled by the Banu Nasr (The House of Nasr).
Famous Lakhmid families, emirates and persons
Besides the lakhmid Kingdom Of Hira and its kings, there are other notable Lakhmids:
- Musa Bin Nusair, the Ummayad general and administrator of Andalus
- Imam Abdul-Rahman bin Amr bin Abdullah bin Safwan Al-nasri (Abu Zar'a al dimashqi)
- Banu Ubad, the lords of Sevilla and Bani Bahr.
- The Naa'mna family in Jordan, Israel, the West Bank And Egypt
- The Abbadid family in Al-Andalus
- Gamal Abdel Nasser was from Bani Mur, from Bnu Lakhm.
Most Druze in Jabal al-duruz in Lebanon claim descent from Lakhm. Perhaps the most famous among them is the Lebanese historian and writer Emir Shakib Arslan. Lakhmids also exist in great numbers in Iraq, Yemen, and Oman.