Hassan al-Mustadi Ibn Yusuf al-Mustanjid (1142 – 27 March 1180) (Arabic: المستضيء بأمر الله‎) was the Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad from 1170 to 1180. He succeeded his father Caliph Al-Mustanjid in 1170 as the Abbasid Caliph.

Hassan al-Mustadi Ibn Yusuf al-Mustanjid
حسن المستضی بن یوسف المستنجد
Amir al-Mu'minin
Turquoise glass stamp of calif Mustadi 1170 1180.jpg
Turquoise glass stamp of calif Mustadi 1170 1180
33rd Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate
Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad
Reign18 December 1170 – 27 March 1180
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate now Iraq
Died27 March 1180 (aged 38)
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate now Iraq
  • Sharaf Khatun al-Turkiyyah
  • Banafsha bint Abdullah al-Rumiyyah
  • Zumurrud Khatun al-Turkiyyah
ReligionSunni Islam


Like his predecessor, he continued to occupy a more or less independent position, with a vizier and courtly surroundings, and supported by only a small force sufficient for an occasional local campaign. During his reign, Saladin ended the Shia Fatimid Caliphate, became the Sultan of Egypt and declared his allegiance to the Abbasids.[citation needed]

Turquoise glass stamp of caliph al-Mustadi, 1170–1180. British Museum.

Benjamin of Tudela, who traveled to this area between 1160 and 1173, noted: "Two days from Akbara stands Baghdad. The large metropolis of Calif Emir-al-Mumenin al Abassi Amir al-Mu'minin, of the family of their prophet, who is chief of the Mahometan religion. All Mahometan kings acknowledge him, and he holds the same dignity over them which the Pope enjoys over the Christians. The palace of the Caliph at Baghdad is three miles in extent. It contains a large park filled with all sorts of trees, both useful and ornamental, and all kinds of beasts, as well as a pond of water carried thither from the river Tigris; and whenever the Caliph desires to enjoy himself and to sport and carouse, birds, beasts and fishes are prepared for him and for his courtiers, whom he invites to his palace. This great Abassid is extremely friendly towards the Jews, many of his officers being of that nation; he understands all languages, is well versed in Mosaic law, and reads and writes the Hebrew tongue. He enjoys nothing but what he earns by the labor of his own hands, and therefore manufactures coverlets, which he stamps with his seal, and which his officers sell in the public market..."[1]

In 1180, Caliph Al-Mustadi died and was succeeded by his son Al-Nasir.

See alsoEdit

  • Ibn al-Jawzi was an Arab Muslim jurisconsult, preacher, orator, heresiographer, traditionist, historian, judge, hagiographer, and philologist.


  1. ^ Excerpted from: Komroff, Manuel, Giovanni, Willem van Ruysbroeck, Odorico, and Benjamin. 1928. Contemporaries of Marco Polo, consisting of the travel records to the eastern parts of the world of William of Rubruck (1253-1255); the journey of John of Pian de Carpini (1245-1247); the journal of Friar Odoric (1318-1330) & the oriental travels of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela (1160-1173). New York: Boni & Liveright.


Born: 1142 Died: 30 March 1180
Sunni Islam titles
Preceded by
Caliph of Islam
Abbasid Caliph

20 December 1170 – 30 March 1180
Succeeded by