Abu al-Ala Ahmad al-Amiri

Abu al-Ala Ahmad ibn al-Ala al-'Amiri (Arabic: أبو العلاء أحمد بن العلاء العامري‎; d. ca. 844) was a ninth-century governor of the Yemen for the Abbasid Caliphate.

Abu al-Ala Ahmad al-Amiri
أبو العلاء أحمد بن العلاء العامري
Abbasid Governor of Yemen
In office
Preceded byMansur ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Tanukhi
Succeeded byHarthamah Shar Bamiyan
Personal details
Diedc. 844
Yemen, Abbasid Caliphate (now Yemen)
Fatheral-Ala al-'Amiri
ResidenceSamarra (until 842),
Sanaa (until 844)

He received his appointment as resident governor from the Turkish officer Itakh, shortly after the accession of the caliph al-Wathiq (r. 842–847). Upon his arrival in the Yemen, the Yu'firid rebel Yu'fir ibn Abd al-Rahman dispatched an army to occupy the chief town of Sana'a, but local forces and the outgoing governor Mansur ibn 'Abd al-Rahman al-Tanukhi met the rebels in battle and defeated them, killing a thousand on the field and decapitating the prisoners they took. Abu al-Ala was consequently able to enter Sana'a, and he thereafter remained governor of the province until he died. His brother then assumed his functions as governor for an interim period, before Harthamah Shar Bamiyan arrived to take up the post.[1]


  1. ^ Van Arendonk 1960, p. 113; Al-Mad'aj 1988, p. 216; Bikhazi 1970, p. 30.


  • Bikhazi, Ramzi J. (1970). "Coins of al-Yaman 132-569 A.H." Al-Abhath. 23: 3–127. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  • Al-Mad'aj, Abd al-Muhsin Mad'aj M. (1988). The Yemen in Early Islam (9-233/630-847): A Political History. London: Ithaca Press. ISBN 0863721028.
  • Van Arendonk, C. (1960). Les Debuts de l'Imamat Zaidite au Yemen (in French). Trans. Jacques Ryckmans. Leiden: E. J. Brill.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mansur ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Tanukhi
Abbasid governor of the Yemen
842 – ca. 844
Succeeded by
Harthamah Shar Bamiyan