Abdallah al-Ghalib II

Abdallah al-Ghalib II was a member of the Saadian dynasty who ruled parts of Morocco during the succession conflicts within the dynasty between 1603 and 1627. He was the son of Muhammad al-Sheikh al-Ma'mun, who was in turn the son of the powerful sultan Ahmad al-Mansur.[1]

Abdallah al-Ghalib II
Reign1606 – 1609 (in Marrakesh)
FatherMuhammad al-Sheikh al-Ma'mun

During this period, the Saadian realm was divided between two main parts: one ruled from the main capital in Marrakesh, and the other from Fes in the north. Control of both regions changed hands multiple times. Abdallah ruled from Marrakesh between 1606 and 1609.[1][2][3]:194 In 1609 he successfully ordered the assassination of his uncle Abu Faris Abdallah al-Wathiq,[2] who was established in Fes at the time.[1] After 1609 he then ruled in Fes (as his father had previously done) until his death in 1623,[1] while Zaydan al-Nasir ruled in Marrakesh.[4]:220

During his period of leadership in Fes, in 1609, he commissioned the construction of a second ablutions pavilion in the courtyard (sahn) of the famous Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fes, copying the other pavilion previously built here by Ahmad al-Mansur in 1587 (the two pavilions stand across from each other today).[5]:100


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