Banu Lakhm

Banu Lakhm (Arabic: بنو لخم) is a large Arab tribe tracing their lineage back to Qahtan, who 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.

Banu Lakhm
(Arabic: بنو لخم)
Kahlan, Qahtanite
A genealogy of the Banu Lakhm.
LocationYemen, Oman, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and North Africa
Descended fromMalik ibn 'Adiyy
BranchesBanu Murr
ReligionPolytheism, later Islam


The Banu Lakhm, or Lakhmids, are descendants from Malik bin Uday bin Al-Harith bin Murr bin Add bin Zayed bin Yashjub bin Oreb bin Zayed bin Kahlan bin Saba' bin Qahtan bin Hud, a Qahtanite Yemeni Arab tribe.

Lakhmid Settlements

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

Famous Lakhmid families, emirates and people

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.

See also


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