Al-Maadeed

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Al Maadeed (Arabic: المعاضيد ) also spelled Al Maadid or Al Maadhid, is one of the primary tribes in Qatar.

In Qatar, the Al-Maadeed tribe includes these major families:

The ruling family of Qatar are the Al Maadeed tribe.[1] Though they are mainly present in Qatar, there are Maadeed's in Kuwait as well as Saudi Arabia. The Al Maadeed's are descendants of the Bani Tamim. There is some confusion as to them being of Al Bin Ali, this however relates to a debated fact of their joining Al Bin Ali by pact (hulf in Arabic).

The founder of Qatar H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Thani, was chosen from Al Maadeed tribe as the leader of the modern Qatar. He was chosen because of his good personal characteristics and friendliness. Till Now, Al-Thani the descendends of Mohammed Bin Thani are chosen as leaders of Qatar.

J.G. Lorimer's book Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf states that, in 1908, there were 875 members of the Al Maadeed tribe in Qatar. They were mainly centered in Al Wakrah, Lusail and the capital Doha.[2]

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