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THE HEJAZ, also AL-HIJAZ ( Arabic
Arabic
: اَلْـحِـجَـاز‎‎, al-Ḥiǧāz, literally "the Barrier"), is a region in the west of present-day Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
. The region is so called as it separates the land of the Najd in the east from the land of Tihamah
Tihamah
in the west. It is also known as the "Western Province." It is bordered on the west by the Red Sea
Red Sea
, on the north by Jordan
Jordan
, on the east by the Najd, and on the south by \ 'Asir Region
'Asir Region
. Its main city is Jeddah
Jeddah
, but it is probably better known for the Islamic holy cities of Mecca
Mecca
and Medina
Medina
. As the site of the two holiest sites in Islam
Islam
, the Hejaz has significance in the Arab
Arab
and Islamic historical and political landscape.

Historically, the Hejaz
Hejaz
has always seen itself as separate from the rest of Saudi Arabia. The Hejaz
Hejaz
is the most populated region in Saudi Arabia; 35 % of all Saudis live in Hejaz. Hejazi Arabic is the most widely spoken dialect in the region. Saudi Hejazis are of ethnically diverse origins.

The Hejaz
Hejaz
is the most cosmopolitan region in the Arabian Peninsula
Arabian Peninsula
. People of Hejaz
Hejaz
have the most strongly articulated identity of any regional grouping in Saudi Arabia. Their place of origin alienates them from the Saudi state, which invokes different narratives of the history of the Arabian Peninsula. Thus, Hejazis experienced tensions with people of Najd.

CONTENTS

* 1 Timeline

* 1.1 Prehistoric or ancient times

* 1.1.1 Al-Hijr Archaeological Site * 1.1.2 Era of Abraham
Abraham
and Ishmael * 1.1.3 Era of Muhammad
Muhammad

* 1.2 Subsequent history

* 1.2.1 Brief independence * 1.2.2 In modern Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

* 1.3 Flags of entities that have dominated the Hejaz
Hejaz

* 2 Cities * 3 Geography * 4 People of the Hejaz
Hejaz

* 5 Notable Hijazis

* 5.1 Al-Abwa\'

* 5.2 Mecca
Mecca

* 5.2.1 Pre-6th century ACE

* 5.2.1.1 Men * 5.2.1.2 Women

* 5.2.2 6th–7th centuries CE

* 5.2.2.1 Men * 5.2.2.2 Women

* 5.3 Medina
Medina

* 5.3.1 Pre-6th century CE

* 5.3.2 6th–7th centuries CE

* 5.3.2.1 Men * 5.3.2.2 Women

* 5.3.3 8th century CE

* 5.3.3.1 Men * 5.3.3.2 Women

* 5.3.4 9th Century CE

* 5.4 Ta\'if

* 5.4.1 6th–7th centuries CE * 5.4.2 Post-7th century CE

* 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links

TIMELINE

PREHISTORIC OR ANCIENT TIMES

The city of Al-`Ula ( Arabic
Arabic
: الـعُـلَا‎‎), with its archaeological part in the foreground, 2012.

One or possibly two megalithic dolmen have been found in the Hijaz.

The Hejaz
Hejaz
includes both the Mahd adh-Dhahab ( Arabic
Arabic
: مَـهْـد الـذَّهَـب‎‎, "Cradle of (the) Gold") (23°30′12.96″N 40°51′34.92″E / 23.5036000°N 40.8597000°E / 23.5036000; 40.8597000 ) and a water source, now dried out, that used to flow 600 miles (970 km) north east to the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
via the Wadi Al-Rummah and Wadi Al-Batin system. Archaeological research led by of Boston University
Boston University
and the University of Qassim indicates that the river system was active in 8000 BC and 2500–3000 BC.

The northern part of the Hejaz
Hejaz
was part of the Roman province
Roman province
of Arabia Petraea
Arabia Petraea
.

Al-Hijr Archaeological Site

Main article: Mada\'in Saleh Al-Ḥijr ( Arabic
Arabic
: الـحِـجْـر‎‎) or Madâ’in Ṣâliḥ ( Arabic
Arabic
: مَـدَائِـن صَـالِـح‎‎, "Cities of Salih "), 2012. A view of Al-Hijr Archaeological Site.

Saudi Arabia's first World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
that was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
is that of Al-Hijr . The name "Al-Ḥijr" ( Arabic
Arabic
: اَلْـحِـجْـر‎‎, "The Stoneland" or "The Rocky Place") occurs in the Quran
Quran
, and the site is known for having structures carved into rocks, similar to Petra
Petra
. Construction of the structures is credited to the people of Thamud . Despite their rather Polytheistic nature, a member of this folk was a Monotheistic preacher called ' Salih ', after whom the site is also called "Madā’in Ṣāliḥ" ( Arabic
Arabic
: مَـدَائِـن صَـالِـح‎‎, "Cities of Saleh"). After the disappearance of Thamud from Mada'in Saleh, it came under the influence of other people, such as the Nabataeans , whose capital was Petra. Later, it would lie in a route used by Muslim Pilgrims going to Mecca.

Era Of Abraham
Abraham
And Ishmael

Further information: Abraham
Abraham
in Islam
Islam
, Hagar in Islam
Islam
, and Ishmael in Islam
Islam

According to Islamic sources, the civilization of Mecca
Mecca
started after Ibrāhīm ( Arabic
Arabic
: إِبـرَاهِـيـم‎‎, Abraham
Abraham
) brought his son Ismā‘īl ( Arabic
Arabic
: إِسـمَـاعِـيـل‎‎, Ishmael ) and wife Hājar (Arabic : هَـاجَـر‎‎, Hagar ) here, for the latter two to stay. Some people from the Tribe of Jurhum settled with them, and Isma'il reportedly married two women, one after divorcing another, at least one of them from this tribe, and helped his father to construct or re-construct the Ka‘bah ( Arabic
Arabic
: كَـعـبَـة‎‎), which would have social, religious, political and historical implications for the site and region.

For example, in Arab
Arab
or Islamic belief, a tribe called ' Quraysh ' ( Arabic
Arabic
: قُـرَيـش‎‎) would descend from Isma'il ibn Ibrahim, be based in the vicinity of the Ka'bah, and include Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib
Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib
ibn Hashim ibn Abd Manaf . From the Period of Jāhiliyyah ( Arabic
Arabic
: جَـاهِـلِـيَّـة‎‎, 'Ignorance') to the days of Muhammad, the often-warring Arab
Arab
tribes would cease their hostilities during the time of Pilgrimage , and go on pilgrimage to Mecca, as inspired by Ibrahim. It was during such an occasion that Muhammad
Muhammad
met some Medinans who would allow him to migrate to Medina, to escape persecution by his opponents in Mecca
Mecca
.

Era Of Muhammad

Main article: Muhammad
Muhammad
in Islam
Islam

As the land of Mecca
Mecca
and Medina, the Hijaz was where Muhammad
Muhammad
was born, and where he founded a Monotheistic Ummah ( Arabic
Arabic
: أُمَّـة‎‎, Community) of followers, bore patience with his foes or struggled against them, migrated from one place to another, preached or implemented his beliefs, lived and died. Given that he had both followers and enemies here, a number of battles or expeditions were carried out in this area, like those of al-Aḥzāb ( Arabic
Arabic
: الأَحـزَاب‎‎, "the Confederates"), Badr and Ḥunayn ( Arabic
Arabic
: حُـنَـيـن‎‎). They involved both Meccan companions , such as Hamzah ibn Abdul-Muttalib , Ubaydah ibn al-Harith and Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas
Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas
, and Medinan companions. The Hijaz fell under Muhammad's influence as he emerged victorious over his opponents, and was thus a part of his empire.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY

Due to the presence of the two holy cities in the Hijaz, the region went under numerous empires. The Hijaz was at the center of the Rashidun Caliphate
Rashidun Caliphate
, in particular whilst its capital was Medina
Medina
from 632 to 656 ACE . The region was then under the control of regional powers such as Egypt
Egypt
and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
, throughout much of its later history.

Brief Independence

Main article: Kingdom of Hejaz

In 1916, Sharif Hussein ibn Ali proclaimed himself King of an independent Hejaz, as a result of the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence . The ensuing Arab
Arab
Revolt overthrew the Ottoman Empire. In 1924, however, Ibn Ali's authority was replaced by that of Ibn Saud
Ibn Saud
of the Najd.

In Modern Saudi Arabia

Main article: Regions of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

At first, Ibn Saud
Ibn Saud
ruled the two as separate units, though they became known as the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd . Later they were formally combined as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FLAGS OF ENTITIES THAT HAVE DOMINATED THE HEJAZ

*

Flag of the Rashidun Caliphate
Rashidun Caliphate
(632–661). *

Flag of the Umayyad Caliphate (661–750). *

Flag of the Abbasid Caliphate (750–1258). *

Flag of the Fatimid Caliphate
Fatimid Caliphate
(909–1171). *

Flag of the Ayyubid dynasty
Ayyubid dynasty
(1171–1254). *

Flag of the Mamluk Sultanate (1254–1517). *

Flag of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
(1517–1916). *

Flag of the Kingdom of Hejaz (1916–1925). *

Flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
(1925–present).

CITIES

People laying tracks for the Hejaz Railway near Tabuk , 1906.

* Al-Bāḥah ( Arabic
Arabic
: الـبَـاحَـة‎‎) * Al-Madīnah Al-Munawwarah ( Arabic
Arabic
: الـمَـدِيـنَـة الـمُـنَـوَّرَة‎‎, Medina
Medina
) * Aṭ-Ṭā’if ( Arabic
Arabic
: الـطَّـائِـف‎‎) * Badr ( Arabic
Arabic
: بَـدر‎‎) * Jiddah ( Arabic
Arabic
: جِـدَّة‎‎) * Makkah ( Arabic
Arabic
: مَـكَّـة‎‎, Mecca
Mecca
) * Rābigh ( Arabic
Arabic
: رَابِـغ‎‎) * Ṫabūk ( Arabic
Arabic
: تَـبُـوك‎‎) * Yanbu‘ al-Baḥr ( Arabic
Arabic
: يَـنـبُـع الـبَـحـر‎‎, Yanbu )

GEOGRAPHY

Mountains near Ta\'if , 2012.

The region is located along the Red Sea
Red Sea
Rift . It is also known for its darker, more volcanic sand . Depending on the previous definition, the Hejaz
Hejaz
includes the high mountains of Sarawat , which topographically separate the Najd from Tehamah. Bdellium
Bdellium
plants are also abundant in the Hijaz.

PEOPLE OF THE HEJAZ

People of Hejaz, who feel particularly connected to the holy places of Mecca
Mecca
and Medina, have probably the most strongly articulated identity of any regional grouping in Saudi Arabia.

The people of Hejaz
Hejaz
have never fully accommodated to Saudi rule and their Wahhabi religion. They continue to be Sunni of Maliki rite with a Shia minority in the cities of Medina, Mecca
Mecca
and Jeddah. Many consider themselves more cosmopolitan because Hejaz
Hejaz
was for centuries a part of the great empires of Islam
Islam
from the Umayyads to the Ottomans .

NOTABLE HIJAZIS

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* Salih of Thamud

AL-ABWA\\'

* Musa al-Kadhim ibn Ja‘far al-Sadiq, descendant of Muhammad

MECCA

Pre-6th Century ACE

Men

* Qusai ibn Kilab ibn Murrah ibn Ka\'b ibn Lu\'ayy ibn Ghalib ibn Fihr ibn Malik ibn An-Nadr ibn Kinanah ibn Khuzaymah ibn Mudrikah ibn Ilyas ibn Mudar ibn Nizar ibn Ma\'ad ibn Adnan the descendant of Isma'il ibn Ibrahim ibn Azar ibn Nahor ibn Serug ibn Reu
Reu
ibn Peleg ibn Eber ibn Shelakh , Chief of the Tribe of Quraysh , and an ancestor of Muhammad
Muhammad
* Qusai\'s son Abd-al-Dar the father of Uthman the father of Abdul-Uzza the father of Barrah the maternal grandmother of Muhammad * Abd Manaf ibn Qusai , paternal ancestor of Muhammad * Abdul-Uzza, son of Qusai , and an ancestor of Barrah bint Abdul-Uzza * Hashim, son of Abd Manaf , paternal great-grandfather of Muhammad, and the progenitor of Banu Hashim in the Tribe of Quraysh

Women

* Hubbah bint Hulail ibn Hubshiyyah ibn Salul ibn Ka‘b ibn Amr al-Khuza\'i , wife of Qusai, and an ancestor of Muhammad * Atikah bint Murrah ibn Hilal ibn Falij ibn Dhakwan, wife of Abd Manaf, and an ancestor of Muhammad

6th–7th Centuries CE

Men

* Abu al-Qasim Muhammad
Muhammad
ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib * Abu Bakr
Abu Bakr
Abdullah ibn Uthman Abu Quhafah ibn Amir ibn Amr ibn Ka'b ibn Sa'd ibn Taym ibn Murrah ibn Ka'b, father-in-law of Muhammad, and Caliph
Caliph
* Umar ibn Al-Khattab
Umar ibn Al-Khattab
ibn Nufayl ibn Abdul-Uzza the descendant of Adi ibn Ka\'b ibn Lu\'ayy , father-in-law of Muhammad, and Caliph * Ali ibn Abi Talib , cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, and Caliph * Hamzah, son of Abdul-Muttalib, and a paternal uncle of Muhammad, and other Muhajirun or Meccan followers of Muhammad, including Ubaydah and Sa'd * Abu Talib, son of Abdul-Muttalib , Chief of Banu Hashim , paternal uncle of Muhammad, and the father of Ali * Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim , Chief of Bani Hashim, and the paternal grandfather of Muhammad

Women

* Khadijah bint Khuwaylid
Khadijah bint Khuwaylid
ibn Asad ibn Abdul-Uzza ibn Qusai , and other Meccan wives of Muhammad
Muhammad
* Fatimah
Fatimah
, other daughters of Muhammad
Muhammad
, and other Muhajir women * Umm Ammar Sumayyah bint Khayyat
Sumayyah bint Khayyat
, wife of Yasir ibn Amir ibn Malik al-Ansi , believed to be the first martyr from the followers of Muhammad * Daughters of Abu Talib , and other female followers of Muhammad * Aminah
Aminah
bint Wahb ibn Abd Manaf ibn Zuhrah ibn Kilab ibn Murrah, wife of Abdullah, and the mother of Muhammad * Wives of Abd al-Muttalib

MEDINA

Pre-6th Century CE

* Salmah, daughter of Amr , wife of Hashim, and a great-grandmother of Muhammad

6th–7th Centuries CE

Men

* Caliph
Caliph
Hasan , and other sons of Ali and grandsons of Muhammad born in Medina * Caliph
Caliph
Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Marwan ibn Al-Hakam ibn Abi al-\'As ibn Umayyah ibn Abd Shams ibn Abd Manaf ibn Qusai, great-grandson of Umar ibn Al-Khattab * Ansari men * Hasan of Basra * Muhammad
Muhammad
al-Baqir ibn Ali Zaynul-Abidin , grandson of Hasan and Husayn the grandsons of Muhammad * Zayd ibn Ali Zaynul-Abidin ibn Husayn ibn Fatimah
Fatimah
bint Muhammad, half-brother of Muhammad
Muhammad
al-Baqir

Women

* Medinan wives of Muhammad * Ansari women

8th Century CE

Men

* Ja\'far al-Sadiq ibn Muhammad
Muhammad
al-Baqir * Sons of Ja'far al-Sadiq born in Medina * Malik the son of Anas ibn Malik ibn Abi Amir al-Asbahi (not Anas the companion of Muhammad
Muhammad
) * Ali al-Ridha
Ali al-Ridha
ibn Musa al-Kadhim ibn Ja'far al-Sadiq

Women

* Fatimah
Fatimah
bint Musa ibn Ja'far, sister of Ali al-Ridha

9th Century CE

* Abu Ali Muhammad
Muhammad
al-Jawad ibn Ali al-Ridha

TA\'IF

6th–7th Centuries CE

* Uthman ibn Affan ibn Abu al-\'As ibn Umayyah ibn Abd Shams ibn Abd Manaf , son-in-law of Muhammad, and Caliph * Urwah ibn Mas\'ud , Chief of Banu Thaqif * Nafi ibn al-Harith , Physician
Physician

Post-7th Century CE

* Sharif Ali ibn Ajlan ibn Rumaithah ibn Muhammad
Muhammad
, son-in-law and successor of Sultan Ahmad of Brunei , father of Sultan Sulaiman , and a descendant of Muhammad
Muhammad

SEE ALSO

* Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
portal * Archaeology portal * Ancient Near East portal * Middle East
Middle East
portal

* Al Baydha Project * Desert of Paran * Hejaz Railway * Hijaz scale * Hejaz Vilayet * Hejazi accent * Hejazi turban * Hijazi script * Hijaz mountains * Midian
Midian
* Mizmar (dance) * Sharifate of Mecca
Mecca

NOTES

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Quran
48:22–29 * ^ A B C Quran
Quran
9:25–129 * ^ A B Quran
Quran
33:09–73 * ^ A B C Butler, J. W. S.; Schulte-Peevers, A.; Shearer, I. (2010-10-01). Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula. Lonely Planet. pp. 316–333. * ^ "Mecca: Islam\'s cosmopolitan heart". The Hijaz is the largest, most populated, and most culturally and religiously diverse region of Saudi Arabia, in large part because it was the traditional host area of all the pilgrims to Mecca, many of whom settled and intermarried there. * ^ " Saudi Arabia
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15:80–84 * ^ " Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)". UNESCO. Retrieved 2014-04-07. * ^ A B Quran
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7:73–79 * ^ A B Quran
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11:61–69 * ^ A B Quran
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26:141–158 * ^ A B Quran
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54:23–31 * ^ A B Quran
Quran
89:6–13 * ^ A B Quran
Quran
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Quran
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Muhammad
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Muhammad
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REFERENCES

* Mackey, Sandra. The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom. Updated Edition. Norton Paperback. W.W. Norton and Company , New York. 2002 (first edition: 1987). ISBN 0-393-32417-6 pbk.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* "Hejaz". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.

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HISTORY

* Pre-Islamic Arabia
Pre-Islamic Arabia
* Early Islamic State * Rashidun Caliphate
Rashidun Caliphate
* Umayyad Caliphate * Abbasid Caliphate * Ottoman Arabia * Emirate of Diriyah
Emirate of Diriyah
* Emirate of Nejd
Emirate of Nejd
* Unification * Modern history

GEOGRAPHY

* Cities and towns * Climate * Earthquakes * Governorates * Mountains * Regions

POLITICS

* Allegiance Council

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