Islamic Dynasties

Genealogical tables of the early Islamic dynasties prepared for use in classes on Islamic history.

This section contains dynastic charts of some of the main dynasties of the early and medieval Islamic world. The ones that are genealogically connected with the Prophet are also linked from his genealogical table directly (Shi'i imams, Umayyads, Abassids) or indirectly (Fatimids via Shi'i imams). Other dynasties (eg Hafsids) stand alone.

Because they would be very hard to manage otherwise, the tables have been split up. There is a base table of the Prophet Muhammad and the Quraysh, from branches of which all the early dynasties claimed descent. The branch off-point of each of these dynasties and their first caliph is shown in a different colour.

Please note: Click on the tables below to enlarge them.

The tables are: