Banu Lakhm

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Banu Lakhm
(Arabic: بنو لخم‎)
Kahlan, Qahtanite
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A genealogy of the Banu Lakhm.
Nisba al-Lakhmi
Location Al-Hira
Descended from Malik ibn 'Adiyy
Branches Banu Murr
Religion Polytheism, later Islam

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.


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.

Lakhmid Settlements[edit]

Their kingdom in Al-Hira was ruled by the Banu Nasr (The House of Nasr).

Famous Lakhmid families, emirates and persons[edit]

Besides the lakhmid Kingdom Of Hira and its kings, there are other notable Lakhmids:

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.

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