Genealogical Tables of Arab Tribes and Families


Heinrich Ferdinand Wüstenfeld (1808–99) was a German Orientalist who specialized in Arab history and literature. He studied at the universities of Göttingen and Berlin, and he taught at Göttingen from 1842 until 1890. Genealogische Tabellen der arabischen Stämme und Familien (Genealogical tables of Arab tribes and families) consists of genealogical tables showing the two divisions of the Arabs, namely the Yemeni tribes (Tables 1‒22), known in traditional Arabic sources as the Qahtanites or the “Pure Arabs,” and the Ismaili tribes (Tables A‒Z), known as the Adnanites or the “Arabized Arabs.” The tables are explained and contextualized by a separate Register zu den Genealogische Tabellen der arabischen Stämme und Familien (Register of the genealogical tables of Arab tribes and families), also presented in the World Digital Library. Three family trees in Arabic at the beginning of the tables show the joint lineage of the Aws and the Khazraj, the two tribes that hosted the Prophet Muhammad in Medina after his hijra (migration) from Mecca in 622 AD. A fourth tree demonstrates the pedigree of the Umayyad rulers of Andalusia. Wüstenfeld is known for producing a number of the most important editions of classical Arabic texts, such as Ibn Hisham al-Ansari’s sirah (biography of the Prophet), Yaqut al-Hamawi’s Mu'jam al-Buldan (The dictionary of countries), and Ibn Qutaybah’s Kitab al-maʿarif (Book of knowledge). The latter book was one of the many Arabic sources Wüstenfeld used to draw up his tables and compile his notes.

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Dieterich, Göttingen

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Genealogische Tabellen der arabischen Stämme und Familien

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191 pages : genealogical tables ; 23 x 32 centimeters


  1. Georg-August University of Göttingen, Seminar for Arabic and Islamic Science, “Heinrich Ferdinand Wüstenfeld.”

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