Dhund (tribe)

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The Dhund Abbasi (also written Dhúnd; Urdu: ڈھونڈ عباسی) is a sub tribe of the Abbasi Tribe in Northern Pakistan. They are mainly settled in Abbottabad District and Murree Hills, Along with Tehsil Kahuta and in District Rawalpindi of Punjab Province. They are also found in District Haripur and Mansehra of Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Apart from Abbottabad and Murree, there are large populations of Dhund Abbasis living in the Bagh District and Muzaffarabad District of Azad Kashmir.[1][2][1] The tribe speaks the Dhundi-Kairlali hill dialect of Pahari-Pothwari.[3] The word Dhund was an honorary name given to one of their forefathers.

Origins[change | change source]

The tribe traces its roots back to Al-‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the blessed uncle of The Holy Prophet Mohammad صلى الله عليه وسلم. The Dhund Abbasis are progeny of the Abbasid dynasty, who ruled over the Muslim empire from the Umayyads in 750 CE, and were known as the Abbasid Caliphate. The dynasty governed for 500 years from Baghdad, Iraq. The rule of the Abbasids extended eastwards across Afghanistan into the South Asian subcontinent, covering the eastern part of modern-day Pakistan.

The ancestor of the tribe, Ghayyas Ud Deen Zorab Shah, also known as, Sardar Zorab Khan Abbasi (998 AD - 1070 AD) was Governor General and d Khan had Daleel Mohammad Khan and Daleel Mohammad Khan had Rasib Khan. Rasib Khan had two sons named Shah Wali Khan Abbasi (Dhund Khan) and Bagh Wali Khan Abbasi (Bagh Khan). The Dhund Abbasi's of Murree, Hazara Divison and Azad Kahmir back their roots to Shah Wali Khan (Dhund who's shrine is in Chamankot, Tehsil Dheerkot Azad Kashmir. Bari Imam lived in the times of Mughal emperor Jahangir. This may mean that the Abbasis were present in considerable numbers at that time.

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tribes and Language". Murree. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  2. Sarwat Ali (25 June 2006). "Mystique of Murree — Review". Footloose. The News. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008.
  3. Pahari-Potwari Ethnologue

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Hastings Donnan (July 1985), "The Rules and Rhetoric of Marriage Negotiations among the Dhund Abbasi of Northeast Pakistan", Ethnology, University of Pittsburgh, 24 (3): 183–196, doi:10.2307/3773609, JSTOR 3773609