Muhammad III ibn Abd al-Aziz

Abu Zayyan as-Sa'id Muhammad ibn Abd al-Aziz( Arabic: أبو زيان السيد محمد بن عبد العزيز), was Marinid Sultan of Morocco from 1372 to 1374.[1]

Muhammad III ibn Abd al-Aziz
Sultan of Morocco
Reign1372 – 1374
PredecessorAbu Faris Abd al-Aziz I
SuccessorAhmad ibn Ibrahim, al-Mustansir
FatherAbu Faris Abd al-Aziz I


Muhammad Abu Zayyan ascended the throne as a minor on the death of his father, Sultan Abu Faris Abd al-Aziz. His father had befriended Lisan al-Din bin al-Khatib, former vizier of Muhammed V of Granada, and during Muhammad bin Abd al-Aziz's rule al-Khatib was safe.[2]

Muhammed V sent two Marinid princes to Morocco whom he had been holding captive in Granada: Ahmad ibn Ibrahim and Abdul Rahman bin Yaflusin, and supported them in taking control of northern Morocco.[3] Muhammad Abu Zayyan was succeeded in 1374 by Abul Abbas Ahmad and Abd-al-Rahman.[1] Abul-Abbas Ahmad (Mustanzir) became the Sultan of Fez, while Abdul Rahman became the independent Sultan of Marrakesh.[3] Al-Khatib was imprisoned and in 1375 was strangled to death while in captivity.[2]



  1. Lane-Poole 2004, p. 58.
  2. Singh 2004, p. 404.
  3. Abun-Nasr 1987, p. 114.


  • Abun-Nasr, Jamil M. (1987-08-20). A History of the Maghrib in the Islamic Period. Cambridge University Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-521-33767-0. Retrieved 2013-05-13.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Lane-Poole, Stanley (2004-09-01). The Mohammedan Dynasties: Chronological and Genealogical Tables with Historical Introductions. Kessinger Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-4179-4570-2. Retrieved 2013-05-13.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Singh, Nagendra Kr. (2004-03-01). Encyclopaedic Historiography of the Muslim World. Global Vision Publishing Ho. p. 404. ISBN 978-81-87746-54-6. Retrieved 2013-05-13.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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