Rashaida people

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Rashaida people map.png
Map of the extent of the Arab Rashaida tribe in Mainland Eritrea and Dahlak Archipelago.
Total population
est. 3,500,000
Regions with significant populations
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Eritrea, Sudan, Malaysia
Hejazi Bedouin Arabic
Sunni Islam

The Rashaida, Rashaayda or Bani Rashid (Arabic: بني رشيد, الرشايدة‎) is a tribe of ethnic Bedouin Arabs descending from Banu Abs native to the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia. They currently inhabit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Palestine, Jordan, Eritrea, Sudan, Libya and Tunisia.[1][2] In 1846, many Rashaida migrated from the Hejaz region in present-day Saudi Arabia into what is now Sudan, Kuwait, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates and Western Malaysia after tribal warfare had broken out in their homeland. They are present in other Arab countries too, such as Egypt, Libya, Palestine. Large numbers of Bani Rasheed are also found on the Arabian Peninsula.

The Bani Rasheed are descendants of the Banu Abs tribe.[3]

The Rashaida keep their traditional dress, culture, customs, camel breeds and practice of Sunni Islam.[4] The racing camel breeds of the Rashaida tribe are prized all over Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula and fetch very high prices.

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  1. ^ Young, William C., "The Rashaayda Bedouin - Arab Pastoralists of Sudan", 1996.
  2. ^ "The World Factbook". Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  3. ^ Rashaida People History, Niaz Murtaza The pillage of sustainability in Eritrea 1998, p.177
  4. ^ Snap Shots Archived 2006-11-02 at the Wayback Machine, Al-Ahram Weekly, 29 December 2005 - 4 January 2006, Issue No. 775

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