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The Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
(Arabic: بنو هلال or الهلاليين) was a confederation of tribes of Arabia from the Hejaz
Hejaz
and Najd
Najd
regions of the Arabian Peninsula
Arabian Peninsula
that emigrated to North Africa
North Africa
in the 11th century. Masters of the vast plateaux of Najd, they enjoyed a somewhat infamous reputation, possibly owing to their relatively late (for the Arabian tribes) conversion to Islam and accounts of their campaigns in the borderlands between Iraq and Syria. With the revolutionary movement of the Qarmatians
Qarmatians
in Bahrain
Bahrain
and Oman, they participated in the pillage of Mecca
Mecca
in 930 in their fight against the Fatimid Caliphate. When the latter became masters of Egypt
Egypt
and the founders of Cairo
Cairo
in 969, they hastened to confine the unruly Bedouin
Bedouin
in the south before sending them to the Maghreb.

Contents

1 Origin 2 History 3 Social organization 4 Taghribat Banu Hilal 5 References

Origin[edit] According to Ibn Khaldun, the Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
were accompanied by their wives and their children when they came to the Maghreb. They settled in Tunisia
Tunisia
after winning some battles against some Berber tribes, eventually going on to coexist with them.

Patrilineal genealogy table Ibn Khaldun
Ibn Khaldun
described their genealogy, which consisted of two mother tribes: themselves and the Banu Sulaym. In Arabia, they lived on the Ghazwan near Ta'if
Ta'if
while the Banu Sulaym attended nearby Medina, sharing a common cousin in the Al Yas branch of the Quraysh. At the time of their migration, Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
comprised six families: Athbadj, Riyah, Jochem, Addi, Zughba, and Rbia. Today, it is almost impossible to trace a purely Arab lineage due to intermarriage between Arabs and Berbers, though some historians have attempted to do so.

History[edit] From the Arabian Peninsula, they first migrated to the south of Egypt before heading to the Maghreb. Abu Zayd al-Hilali
Abu Zayd al-Hilali
led between 150 000 and 300 000 Arabs into North Africa, who assimilated and intermarried with the indigenous peoples.[1] The Fatimids used the tribe, who began their journey as allies and vassals, to punish the particularly difficult to control Zirids after the conquest of Egypt and the founding of Cairo. As the tribe became increasingly independent and abandoned Shia
Shia
Islam, they quickly defeated the Zirids and deeply weakened the neighboring Hammadid dynasty
Hammadid dynasty
and the Zenata. Their influx was a major factor in the linguistic, cultural Arabization
Arabization
of the Maghreb
Maghreb
and in the spread of nomadism in areas where agriculture had previously been dominant.[2] Ibn Khaldun noted that the lands ravaged by Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
invaders had become completely arid desert.[3] The Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
later came under the rule of various subsequent Berber dynasties, including the Almohad Caliphate, Hafsid dynasty, Zayyanid dynasty and Marinid dynasty. Finding their continued presence intolerable, the Almohad Caliphate
Almohad Caliphate
defeated the Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
and forced many of them to leave Tunisia
Tunisia
and settle in Morocco. Upon the arrival of the Turks, the Banu Hilaleen rose against the Ottoman Empire alongside Berbers
Berbers
in the Aurès region and south of Algeria.

Social organization[edit] Originally, the Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
embraced a nomadic lifestyle, rearing cattle and sheep. Despite several tribes living in arid and desert areas, they became experts in the field of agriculture. The Hilaleen do not embrace any specific ideology and are not very conservative, though the majority of the population does embrace Islam. Initially Shia, after the conquest of the Maghreb
Maghreb
majority of Banu Hilal converted to the Maliki
Maliki
school of Sunni Islam. Other tribes Arabized the Berbers
Berbers
to a considerable extent in Algeria, where intermarriage occurred frequently during their shared history.

Taghribat Banu Hilal[edit] The accounts and records that the folk poet Abdul Rahman al-Abnudi gathered from the bards of Upper Egypt
Egypt
culminated in the Taghribat Bani Hilal, an Arab epic describing the journey of the tribe from Arabia to the Maghreb. The tale is divided into three main cycles. The first two bring together unfolding events in Arabia and other countries of the east, while the third, called Taghriba (march west), recounts the migration of the Banu Hilal
Banu Hilal
to North Africa.[4]

Egyptian engravingAbu Zeyd beheads Hijazi bin Rafa

Egyptian engravingDhiab bin Ghanim against Al Muiz bin Badis

References[edit]

^ Idris El Hareir, Ravane Mbaye. The Spread of Islam Throughout the World. UNESCO. p. 409..mw-parser-output cite.citation font-style:inherit .mw-parser-output .citation q quotes:"""""""'""'" .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration color:#555 .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help .mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output code.cs1-code color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error display:none;font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format font-size:95% .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left padding-left:0.2em .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right padding-right:0.2em

^ The Great Mosque of Tlemcen, MuslimHeritage.com

^ Populations Crises and Population Cycles Archived May 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Claire Russell and W. M. S. Russell

^ Musique et spectacle: Le théâtre lyrique arabe - Esquisse d'un itinéraire... Par Mohamed Garfi, p. 38.

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