The House of Khalifa
: آل خليفة
: Āl Khalīfah
) is the ruling family of the Kingdom of Bahrain
. The Al Khalifas profess Sunni Islam
and belong to the Utub
tribe that migrated from Central Arabia
, then ruled all of Qatar more specifically Al Zubarah
which they built and ruled over before settling in Bahrain
in the early 17th century. The Utub tribe is part of the larger Anizah
tribal confederation. The current head of the family is Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
, who became the Emir of Bahrain in 1999 and proclaimed himself King of Bahrain in 2002, in fact becoming a constitutional monarch.
Ahmed had four children. Following his death in 1796, two of Ahmed's sons Salman and Abdulla moved to Bahrain, and co-ruled it as feudal estates and imposed taxes on the indigenous Baharnah
population. Salman settled in Bahrain Island
and Abdulla in Muharraq Island
, each ruling independently. The Al Khalifa soon became split into two branches, Al-Abdulla and Al-Salman that engaged in open conflict between 1842 and 1846.[b]
Al-Salman branch was victorious and enjoyed complete rule of Bahrain. Until 1869, Bahrain was under threat of occupation by various external powers including the Wahhabis
, Egyptians and Persians, yet the Al Khalifa managed to keep it under their control.
The Al-Abdulla branch continued to be a cause of threat until 1895.
Today, Abdulla ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa descendants live in Qatar, while Salman ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa's descendants live in Bahrain.
List of Al Khalifa rulers of Bahrain
Ruling Family Council
Decisions pertaining to the Al Khalifa family, as well as disputes between family members are arbitrated by the Ruling Family Council (Arabic
: مجلس العائلة الحاكمة
The council attends to internal family disputes particularly those related to appropriation of land, sale of real estate and other properties. Members of the ruling family are not allowed to refer these or other disputes to ordinary law courts.
Relations between the political leadership and the rest of the "rank and file" members of the Al Khalifa ruling family have been formally managed by the council since 1932. However, on the eve of the 1973 parliamentary elections
, then the Amir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
issued a decree restructuring the Ruling Family Council to become a formal organ of the state, and giving the administrative head of the council the rank of minister.
The Ruling Family Council is chaired by King Hamad,
its deputy chairman is Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa,
and the director general is Ibrahim bin Khalid bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
The King appoints the members of the board of the Ruling Family Council as recognised representatives of various kingship lines and factional alliances within the Al Khalifa family.
is commonly mistranscribed al-Khalifa
. The Al
(آل) written with the long (madda
is unconnected to the following word and means house
, in the sense of family
, and is not the definite article
'Al' can also mean 'of'.
Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister
Bahraini police and protesters clash violently, 13 March
The King of Bahrain, King Al Khalifa was responsible was attacks on protesters during the Arab Spring. He and the Bahraini government were condemned both locally and overseas. He later enlisted the help of nearby Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- ^ The year the family settled in Zubarah
- ^ Inter-Al Khalifa conflicts within Bahrain began in 1828 and lasted until 1869.
- ^ "History of the Ruling Family of Bahrain". Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- ^ a b Bahrain Shia demand cabinet change, Aljazeera.net, 5 March 2010
- ^ Khuri 1980, pp. 24–31; Littlefield 1964, pp. 6–7.
- ^ a b c d Abdulhadi Khalaf. Contentious Politics in Bahrain, From Ethnic to National and Vice Versa. The Fourth Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies: The Middle East in a Globalizing World, Oslo, 13–16 August 1998. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- ^ Dominic Moran (7 February 2007). "Sectarian tensions simmer in Bahrain". International Relations and Security Network. The trio's relationship to their primary political support base, the wider royal family, is managed by the Family Council.
- ^ Hassan Ali Rahdi (2003). Judiciary and Arbitration in Bahrain: A Historical and Analytical Study. BRILL. p. 130. ISBN 978-90-411-2217-9.
- ^ "HM King Hamad Chairs Ruling Family Council". Bahrain News Agency. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- ^ "Royal Order No. 23 of the Year 2004 on the Appointment of the Deputy Chairman of the Ruling Family Council". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 22 May 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012.
- ^ "Amiri Order No. 69 of the Year 2000 on the Appointment of the Director General of the Ruling Family Council". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 20 December 2000. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012.
- ^ Cabinet
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