Badr ibn Hasanwayh

Badr ibn Hasanwayh was the second ruler of the Hasanwayhids from 979 to 1014. He was the son and successor of Hasanwayh (r. 961–979).

Badr ibn Hasanwayh
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Gold dinar of Badr ibn Hasanwayh, minted at Sabur-Khwast in 1005 or 1006
Ruler of the Hasanwayhids
SuccessorZahir ibn Hilal ibn Badr
IssueHilal ibn Badr
ReligionShia Islam


During the civil war between the two Buyid brothers Adud al-Dawla (r. 949–983) and Izz al-Dawla (r. 967–978), Hasanwayh had supported the latter. Following the death of Hasanwayh in 979, Adud al-Dawla invaded his territories, executed some of his sons, and installed Badr on the Hasanwayhid throne as his deputy over the neighbouring Kurdish territories.[1][2] Following the death of Adud al-Dawla in 983, Badr showed his gratitude to him by having twenty men sent to on an annual pilgrimage to Mecca in the name of Adud al-Dawla (as well as Badr's parents).[3] Like Adud al-Dawla, historians portray Badr as the ideal ruler, especially in protecting the settled farmers from his own nomad supporters.[4]

Unlike his father, Badr attended many Buyid court meetings.[5] Following the death of the Buyid ruler Fakhr al-Dawla (r. 976–980, 984–997), Badr went to Ray to help Majd al-Dawla (r. 997–1029) administer the local affairs, but his help was rebuffed. As a result, Badr kept gradually dissociating himself from the affairs at Ray.[6]

Badr was killed in 1014 by his commanders during the siege of a Kurdish fortress, due to ignoring their counsel to avoid fighting in the winter.[7] Following Badr's death, most of his domain was conquered by the Annazids, while the Buyid ruler Shams al-Dawla (r. 997–1021) took the rest.[8] Badr's grandson Zahir ibn Hilal ibn Badr attempted to restore his grandfather's position with the support of the Buyids of Hamadan.[6]


  1. ^ Bürgel & Mottahedeh 1988, pp. 269–269.
  2. ^ Bosworth 1975, p. 270.
  3. ^ Tor 2017, p. 65.
  4. ^ Kennedy 2004, p. 250.
  5. ^ Tor 2017, p. 68.
  6. ^ a b Kennedy 2004, p. 244.
  7. ^ Spuler 2014, p. 109.
  8. ^ Bosworth 1975, p. 279.


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