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Ziyādids
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, a dynasty of southwestern Arabia centred on Tihāma [q.v.] between the years 203-409(?)/818-1018, but having control also in the northern highlands of the Yemen [see al-yaman ] and along the Indian Ocean coast. Unfortunately, our sources are late and little informed, there are discrepancies in the dates given and even the names of the later members of the family are unknown.

The dynasty is named after Muḥammad b. Ziyād, who traced his pedigree back to the Umayyad dynasty and who, during the caliphate of the ʿAbbāsid al-Maʾmūn [q.v.], became the protégé of his minister, al-Faḍl b. Sahl [q.v.…

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Smith, G.R., “Ziyādids”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8180>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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