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Abū Zayyān III
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Aḥmad b. Abī Muḥammad ʿAbd Allāh , second last ʿAbd al-Wādid ruler of Tlemcen. Thanks to the support of the Turks of Algiers he seized the power and was proclaimed in 947/1540. The Spaniards of Oran who supported his brother Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad undertook an expedition against Tlemcen, which failed (949/1543). After a second, victorious expedition, the Spaniards made it possible for Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad to seize the power (30 Ḏh̲u ’l-Ḳaʾda 949/7 March 1543), but he was soon driven out by his own subjects, who restored Abū Zayyān to the throne. He declared himself a vassal of the Turks…

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Cour, A., “Abū Zayyān III”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0285>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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