Rasūlids
(2,439 words)

, name of a Sunnī dynasty of the Yemen. They took their name from a certain Muḥammad b. Hārūn who had earned for himself the nickname Rasūl (“messenger”) under one of the ʿAbbāsid caliphs in the 6th/12th century because of his trustworthiness and efficiency as a confidential envoy. The family tree can be constructed as given below (the element al-Malik prefixed to the rulers’ honorific titles is omitted here).

By the time the last sultan appeared on the scene, Rasūlid history was marked by serious family squabbles over the leadership.

1. History. The Rasūlid historians and genealogis…

Cite this page
Smith, G.R., “Rasūlids”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0912>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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