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Flag of Qatar The House of Thani (Arabic: ??????, romanizedAl Thani) is the ruling family of Qatar, with origins tracing back to the Banu Tamim tribal confederation.

Table of contents
  1. History and structure
  2. Rulers
  3. Family tree
  4. See also

History and structure

The Al Thanis can be traced back to Mudar bin Nizar. The tribe were settled at Gebrin oasis in southern Najd (present-day Saudi Arabia) before they moved to Qatar. Around the 17th century, the tribe lived in Ushayqir, a settlement north-east of Riyadh. They settled in Qatar around the 1720s. Their first settlement in Qatar was in the southern town of Sikak, and from there they moved north-west to Zubarah and Al Ruwais. They settled in Doha in the 19th century under their leader Mohammed bin Thani. The group was named after the father of Mohammad, Thani bin Mohammad.

The family is made of four main factions: Bani Qassim, Bani Ahmed, Bani Jaber, and Bani Thamer. As of the early 1990s, the number of the family members was estimated to be about 20,000.

In 1995, many royal family members staged a successful coup against the then King, King Khalifa Al Thani. His son, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became the King. A few months later, there was a failed coup.

The leadership transitions in 1913, 1949, 1960, and 2013 were aII abdications. These abdications were to a nephew in one incident and sons in the others.


List of Emirs:
Family tree

Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani Branch The Ahmed bin Muhammed Al Thani Branch The Jaber bin Muhammed Al Thani Branch
See also

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