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Introduction

This work is a rendition of two Urdu reference publications entitled, Nafhatun Nasim by Amir Ahmad Alavi published in 1934, and Abbasiyan-i-Kakori by Muhammad Hasan Abbasi published in 1945. Former being an authentic account of the descendants of a sixteenth century sage Hazrat Mulla Abdul Karim AlaviRhmtA, and the latter is a genealogical record of the Abbasi family of Kakori.

These seemingly unrelated chronicles complement each other, as both treatises reflect vivid testaments of a passionate resolve among the Alavi and Abbasi families to protect and preserve their Arab heritage in Kakori. For centuries, the aspiration for heritage protection remained the impetus for traditional circumscription of inter- and intra- familial marriages. A practice that eventually lead to the formation of a particular clique of relatives by descent or marriage.

With the passage of time, the Abbasi-Alavi lineages coalesced around their common Hashimite ancestry. Hence, Hashimites of Kakori is deemed an appropriate title of this extended combined edition.

In the present form, the Hashimites of Kakori differs from the source publications in a number of ways. Firstly, the text is illustrated in the tables for quick visualization and better comprehension. The tables are linked using modern internet technology, making it easier to independently trace the family tree of every individual included. Another notable difference is the use of Kunniya of ladies, who are not mentioned in the source documents by their first names rather they are simply referred as daughters or wives. Their Kunniya is recorded arbitrarily by adding a prefix Umm to the first name of one of their sons or daughters. The Kunniya is more specific than an adjective sequential such as Miss ~Sr., or 2nd Mrs.~ etc.,etc.

Finally, a word of caution about spellings is warranted here. Throughout this document, proper nouns are spelled as the nearest phonetic or conventional transliteration from the source publications. Admittedly, it may not be in agreement with the preferred choice of spellings of some individuals. In such cases, the discrepancies will readily be corrected upon notification.

In all objectivity, this website represents a preliminary database, which at best can be considered as a work in progress. Also, it is an invitation to its visitors to redress, raise and report aspects of concern and interest for a comprehensive databank in future.

-Editor


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