Muḥammad b. Zayd
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b. Muḥammad b. Ismāʿīl... b. ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib, Zaydī Imām who reigned over Ṭabaristān [q.v.] and D̲j̲urd̲j̲ān [see [ gurgān ] for some years during the second half of the 3rd/9th century.

As the brother of al-Ḥasan b. Zayd [q.v.] al-dāʿī al-kabīr , he succeeded him in 270/884 and received the title of al-dāʿī al-ṣag̲h̲īr and the laḳab or honorific title of al-Ḳāʾim bi ’l-Ḥaḳḳ. It is above all from this point that he is heard of, since before his assumption of power he seems to have lived in his brother’s shadow. The latter, however, had commissioned …

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Ed., “Muḥammad b. Zayd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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