Yahya al-Mu'tasim

Yahya al-Mu`tasim (Arabic: أبو زكرياء المعتصم يحي بن الناصر; Abū Zakarīyā' Al-Mu`taṣim Yaḥyā ibn An-Nāṣir; died 1236) was an Almohad rival caliph[1] who reigned from 1227 to 1229. He was a son of Muhammad al-Nasir[2] and brother of Yusuf II, Almohad caliph.

Yahya al-Mu`tasim
Almohad Caliph
PredecessorAbdallah al-Adil
SuccessorIdris al-Ma'mun
Full name
Abū Zakarīyā' Al-Mu`taṣim Yaḥyā ibn An-Nāṣir
FatherMuhammad al-Nasir

At the death of his uncle Abdallah al-Adil, Yahya was supported by the sheikhs of Marrakesh, but two years later he was turned down by another pretender, his other uncle Idris al-Ma'mun. At the latter‘s death in 1232, Yahya renewed his pretenses, but his cousin Abd al-Wahid II was preferred to him. He was anyway able to keep Marrakesh until his death in 1236, after which the Almohad territories were again united under Abd al-Wahid.



  1. Pascal Buresi, Hicham El Aallaoui, Travis Bruce, Governing the empire: provincial administration in the Almohad Caliphate (1224-1269): critical edition, translation, and study of manuscript 4752 of the Hasaniyya Library in Rabat containing 77 taqadim ("appointments")
  2. Yahya al-Mutasim
Preceded by
Abdallah al-Adil
Almohad dynasty
Succeeded by
Idris al-Ma'mun
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