::Banu Hilal


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The Banu Hilal (Arabic: بنو هلال) was a confederation of Arab tribes from the Hejaz and Najd regions of the Arabian Peninsula that emigrated to North Africa in the 11th century. Masters of the vast plateaus of Najd, they had a very bad reputation. Recent converts to Islam at the time of their migration, they were known for their depredations on the borders of Iraq and Syria. With the revolutionary movement of the Ismaili Qarmatians in Bahrain and Oman, they participated in the pillage of Mecca in 930 in their fight against the Fatimids. When the latter became masters of Egypt and the founders of Cairo in 969, they hastened to confine the unruly Bedouin in the south before sending them to the Maghreb.

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