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Nobility of Kurum Ash-Sharqia
Heraldic crown of Kurum Ash-Sharqia
Royal Family
Sultan · Crown Prince · House of Al-Lusirni
Noble ranks
Emir Emir of Ochterburg · Emir of Anlaq
Sheikh Sheikh of Oud Laar · Sheikha of Eikenhorst · Sheikh of Faisaloord
Untitled House of Khalaf · House of Qasim · House of Zahraan-Khatib
Notable people
Salah Ad-Din Al-Lusirni  · Elisabeth Asara des Vinandy  · Zakariyya de la Gardie of Ochterburg · Faisal Van Looveren
Related topics
Order of As-Saif · Register of Filiation · Armorial of Kurum Ash-Sharqia
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Nobility of Kurum Ash-Sharqia is a system of titled and untitled nobility, established in 1702 AN and considerably expanded in 1722 AN.

History

With the enactment of the Royal House Act 1702 the first noble titles were introduced, i.e. Prince and Princess of Kurum Ash-Sharqia, for the members of the royal house.

Controversy

In 1721 AN Grand Vizier Naoufal Molenaar introduced a bill to Al-Majlis Al-Watani to create more titles, as well as a class of untitled nobility. The opposition questioned the Grand Vizier on this issue, after several leaks from within the government to the press. Molenaar eventually explained that he was contacted by Crown Prince Saif Ad-Din on the matter. The Prince wished a noble title for the future children of his sisters and his future brothers-in-law. Under the current Royal House Act, they would have no titles or noble status. His sisters, Princess Ihsane and Princess Imane would soon reach maturity, hence his question.

When the Crown Prince's actions were revealed, both he and the Grand Vizier received a lot of criticism from the majority and the opposition. Most members of Al-Majlis Al-Watani said that the Crown Prince had overstepped the boundaries of constitutional monarchy, and that he should be reprimanded by the Grand Vizier in stead op being helped. Naoufal Molenaar took full responsibility and resigned on 1721-08, hoping to clear the Prince of all blame.

The actual subject of the bill, the creating of new noble titles, was nevertheless supported:

  • by royalists and feminists alike, who believed that the female offspring of the Sultan deserved a proper title as well
  • by other politicians, business men and cultural figures, who believed it would improve the country's prestige

The bill was fiercely opposed by the Ulema Party.

Aftermath

After the resignation of Naoufal Molenaar, the new Grand Vizier Hayat Markenburger, introduced the bill to Al-Majlis Al-Watani and send it to the Islamic Diwan for advice. The Diwan gave a negative advice, arguing that it would go against the egalitarian spirit of Islam to have a system of nobility. Due to this advice, support for the proposal diminished, but remained sufficient to pass the Nobility Act 1722 nevertheless.

Changes

Since 1733 AN the lawful spouses of ennobled persons are automatically ennobled into the class of untitled nobility. It is unclear whether this also applies to any children from a previous marriage.

Titled and untitled nobility

Noble titles are usually inherited by male primogeniture, although different rules may apply according to the respective letters pattent.

Persons and families can be ennobled directly into the class of untitled nobility. Cadets (descendants of titled nobility who don't inherit the title), usually also become part of this class.

  1. Prince and Princess of Kurum Ash-Sharqia (regulated by the Royal House Act 1702)
  2. Emir
  3. Sheikh
  4. Untitled nobility

List of noble titles and families

Date Sultan Conferred to Title Inheritence
1702-08 Salah Ad-Din I House of Al-Lusirni Prince and Princess of Kurum Ash-Sharqia See Royal House Act 1702
1722-09 Salah Ad-Din I Faisal Van Looveren Sheikh of Oud Laar Male primogeniture, cadets untitled nobility
1722-12 Salah Ad-Din I Zakariyya de la Gardie of Ochterburg Emir of Ochterburg Male primogeniture, cadets untitled nobility
1724-09 Salah Ad-Din I Hazeema bint Muhammad Parveen Sheikha of Eikenhorst Female primogeniture, cadets untitled nobility
1724-09 Salah Ad-Din I Mohamed Boerkens Sheikh of Faisaloord Male primogeniture, cadets untitled nobility
1727-02 Salah Ad-Din I Omar Khalaf Untitled All legitimate offspring into untitled nobility
1732-28 Saif Ad-Din I Abu Thalhah ibn Ahmad Abdullah Inzun of Anlaq Emir of Anlaq Male primogeniture, cadets untitled nobility
1733-11 Saif Ad-Din I Rachid ibn Muhammad Qasim Untitled All legitimate offspring into untitled nobility
1733-11 Saif Ad-Din I Amani bint Kareem Zahraan Untitled All legitimate offspring into untitled nobility

See also