from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a princely Arab family claiming direct descent from the prophet Muhammad.

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  • n. One who lays claim to being a direct descendent of the prophet Muhammad.
  • n. A family or dynasty that lays claim to being directly descended from the prophet Muhammad.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Arabic hāšimī, from hašama, to destroy, smash; see hśm in Semitic roots.

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From Arabic هاشمي (Hāšimī), from  (hašama, "to destroy, smash").


  • However, even T.S. Lawrence later described in derisory terms the Hashemite role as This was the first partition of Palestine and created a brand new entity 87 years ago covering some 35,000 square miles or nearly four-fifths of the geographical territory of Palestine.

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  • Nobody, I mean, nobody, takes you seriously, and I can add that nobody in the Arab world has ever taken any member of your "Hashemite" family seriously.

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  • What exactly is the term "Hashemite" supposed to mean?

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  • Dajani, a biology professor at the Hashemite University in Jordan, looked closely at the problem to figure out why children in Jordan do not read.

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  • But Majed Sharari, a tribal mediator, said that despite the grievances, a strong bond remains between the local tribes and the ruling Hashemite family.

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  • Together with Richard Perle, in 1996 they even wrote a position paper for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that made the bizarre suggestion that Israel should encourage the Hashemite monarchy of Jordan “to control Iraq.”

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  • Meanwhile, 36 influential tribal patriarchs have warned of an uprising if the King's wife Queen Rania, who is of Palestinian descent, continues to build "power centers" that threaten the traditional Hashemite leaders.

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  • Reviewing the skin-of-the-teeth manner in which the Hashemite monarchy retained its throne and put down the Palestinian hijackers and guerrillas in 1971, he speculates whether the reverse outcome might not have been preferable: a Palestinianized Jordan could by now have become the nucleus of a Palestinian state in confederation with the West Bank.

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  • And between political stability, which we are blessed with in Jordan, with the Hashemite leadership - his majesty the king - who initiates reform from within.

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  • But where "Jordan" was concerned, it was courtesy of Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence, et. al., who cut away two-thirds of the Palestine Mandate and gave it, for services rendered in the First World War, to the Hashemite Family of Mecca (later to be given "Iraq" too for a time), after they had been unceremoniously expelled by the House of Saud.

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