Shahran

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For the town in Afghanistan, see Shahran, Afghanistan. For the villages in Iran, see Shahran, Iran.

Shahran is one of the largest tribes in the 'Asir region of Saudi Arabia. Shahrani lands are bourdered by Subay' and Al-Shalaowah (الشلاوة وسبيع) from the north, 'Abida and Rofaidah from the east (عبيدة ورفيدة), Al Njou’ from the South (النجوع), and Banou Sha’ba, Mogaidah, Banou Melk, Bal’smar, Banou Sheher, Balgern and Shamran from the west. (بنو شعبة ومغيدة وبنو مالك وبلحمر وبلسمر وبنو شهر وبلقرن وشمران). The noticed density to the west of Shahrani lands is due to the presence of the large city of Abha (آبها) in that direction. Through history, tribal wars have been waged between the two neighbors, especially between Shahran and the other major tribe of the area, Qahtan (قحطان). Such wars are, of course, no longer waged after the formation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Shahran’s largest and main city is Khamis Mushayt (The largest city in ‘Asir, and the 8th largest in Saudi Arabia with an estimated population of 630,000). Khamis Mushayt is noted for being the fourth largest trading center in Saudi Arabia, and is famous for its world-class military airbase.

Sharan is a large tribe, thus comes its name (Shahran al-Ar’eda; شهران العريضة) which means “wide(or volumes) Shahran” in Arabic. The tribe of Shahran has an estimated 250,000 members, and is thus one of the largest in Arabia. The lead of Sharan is assigned to the House of Mushayt, and has been such for hundreds of years now.

Origin[edit]

Shahran’s origin goes back to Shahran bin Afr’as (شهران بن عفرس بن حلف بن افتل), a man who belongs to Kath’aam bin Anmar (خثعم بن انمار). Anmar is believed to be the son of Arash son of Omar son of Al-goth son of Nabt son of Zaid son of Kahlan son of Saba’ Son of Yashjab son of Ya’rab son of Qahtan (أراش بن عمر بن الغوث بن نبت بن زيد بن كهلان بن سبأ بن يشجب بن يعرب بن قحطان). Thus, shahranies are a direct offspring of Qahtan, the origin of Qahtani Arabs.

Clans[edit]

Shahran branches of into the following clans:

  • Al-Rshaid (آل رشيد )
  • Al-Koad (آل كود )
  • Nahess Tribes (قبائل ناهس)
  • Al-alGhmer (آل الغمر )
  • Banou Manbah (بنو منبه )
  • Banou Waheb (بنو واهب )
  • Banou Bejaad (بنو بجاد )
  • Banou Majoor (بنو ماجور )
  • Banou Selool (بنو سلول)
  • Banou Samah ( بنو سامه )
  • AlZelal (ال الزلال)
  • Al’Hejaj (ال حجاج)
  • AlGaraeen (القراعين)
  • Banou Qouhafah (بنو قحافه )
  • Al-Serhan (آل سرحان)
  • Banou Rash’hah (بنو رشحه)
  • Al-Remtheen (الرمثين)
  • Al-alSerh (آل السرح)
  • Al-Mettair (آل مطير )
  • Al-alSafq (آل الصفق)
  • Al-Na’man (آل نعمان)
  • AlJehrah (الجهرة)
  • Ahel AlHaqou (أهل الحقو )
  • Ahel AlSha’af (أهل الشعف)
  • Al-Yanfa’ (آل ينفع)
  • Banou Malek (بنو مالك)

العجير (Al-ojaere)