Ahmed ibn Muhammad ibn Khalifa

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Ahmed ibn Muhammad ibn Khalifa (Arabic: أحمد بن محمد بن خليفة‎), was the progenitor of the ruling Al Khalifa family of Bahrain and the first monarch or hakim of Bahrain. All of the Al Khalifa monarchs of Bahrain are descendants of Ahmed ibn Muhammad ibn Khalifa. He is commonly referred to as Ahmed al-Fateh (Ahmed the Conqueror) for conquering Bahrain.


Ahmed ibn Muhammed ibn Khalifa was born in Kuwait in the first half of the 18th century and died around 1795 AD. When Nasr Al-Madhkur – whom the Zands had appointed as Bahrain's governor – besieged Zubara in 1782 AD, he was defeated and driven away by an army under the command of Al Bin Ali who continued his victories and conquered Bahrain in 1783 AD.

His family lost Qatar in the nineteenth century and were left with Bahrain which they still rule today.

He had four children: Abdulla, Salman, Mohamed and Yousif.

Today, Abdulla ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa and Salman ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa's descendants live in Qatar.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Hakim of Bahrain
Succeeded by
Abdullah ibn Ahmad Al Khailfa