Ibrahim ibn Salih

Ibrahim ibn Salih ibn Ali (Arabic: إبراهيم بن صالح بن علي الهاشمي‎; died 792) was a member of the Banu al-Abbas who served as a governor of various provinces in Syria and Egypt in the late eighth century.

Ibrahim ibn Salih
إبراهيم بن صالح
Governor of Egypt
In office
781 – 784
(first term)
Preceded bySalim ibn Sawadah al-Tamimi
Succeeded byMusa ibn Mus'ab al-Khath'ami
Governor of al-Sham (Syria)
In office
780s – c. 786
Succeeded byMuhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Iman[1]
Governor of al-Jazira and Cyprus
In office
Governor of al-Sham (Syria)
In office
MonarchHarun al-Rashīd
Preceded byMuhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Iman[1]
Succeeded byMusa ibn Isa ibn Musa al-Hashimi
Governor of Egypt
In office
792 – 792
(second term)
MonarchHarun al-Rashid
Preceded byMusa ibn Isa al-Hashimi
Succeeded byAbdallah ibn al-Musayyab al-Dabbi
Personal details
Diedc. 792
Egypt, Abbasid Caliphate
Spouse(s)Abbasah bint al-Mahdi
RelationsAbbasid dynasty
FatherSalih ibn Ali
RelativesAl-Fadl (brother)
Isma'il (brother)
Abd al-Malik (brother)


Ibrahim was a son of Salih ibn Ali, a military commander who participated in the conquest of Syria and Egypt during the Abbasid Revolution and later became governor of both regions.[2] As a member of the Banu al-Abbas, he was a first cousin to the first two Abbasid caliphs al-Saffah (r. 750–754) and al-Mansur (r. 754–775), and was additionally a son-in-law to the third caliph al-Mahdi (r. 775–785) by virtue of his marriage to the latter's daughter Abbasah[3]

In 781 Ibrahim was appointed by al-Mahdi as governor of Egypt, with jurisdiction over both military and financial affairs within the province. During his administration one Dihyah ibn Mus'ab, a descendant of the Umayyad Abd al-Aziz ibn Marwan, launched an anti-tax revolt in Upper Egypt and proclaimed himself as caliph. Ibrahim apparently had a lackadaisical response to the affair, and within a short time much of Upper Egypt had fallen under Dihyah's control. As a result of his failure to stamp out the rebel, an angered al-Mahdi removed him from office in 784, and his assistants were forced to hand over a fine of 300,000 dinars to his successor Musa ibn Mus'ab al-Khath'ami before he was able to return to Baghdad.[4]

During the 780s Ibrahim held several governorships in his father's old powerbase in Syria. As early as 780 he is mentioned as being governor of Palestine,[5] and by the end of al-Mahdi's reign he was in charge of the districts of Damascus and Jordan. Under al-Hadi (r. 785–786) he was retained in those positions and was additionally granted Cyprus and the Jazira. Following the accession of Harun al-Rashid he lost his offices, but in 788 he was restored to the governorship of Damascus.[6]

During his later tenure in Damascus, Ibrahim was forced to deal with a violent conflict that had broken out between the Qays and Yemen tribes of the region. He was eventually able to negotiate a truce between the two factions in 791, after which he led a delegation of Syrian ashraf to meet the caliph in Iraq. Despite his efforts, however, the cessation of hostilities proved to be short-lived, as the rebellion of Abu al-Haydham broke out soon after his departure from the province.[7]

Ibrahim died in 792, shortly after having been appointed governor of Egypt a second time.[8]


  1. ^ a b Cobb 2001, p. 138.
  2. ^ On Salih ibn Ali, see Grohmann & Kennedy 1995, p. 985.
  3. ^ Kennedy 1990, pp. 40 n. 92, 102 n. 315; Gil 1997, p. 284; Ibn Qutaybah n.d., p. 380.
  4. ^ Al-Kindi 1912, pp. 123–24; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, p. 49; Kennedy 1998, p. 78; Kennedy 1990, pp. 219, 222, 235.
  5. ^ Gil 1997, p. 284; Kennedy 1990, p. 215.
  6. ^ Cobb 2001, p. 28; Ibn 'Asakir 1995, pp. 445–46.
  7. ^ Cobb 2001, p. 28; Ibn 'Asakir 1995, pp. 445–46.
  8. ^ Al-Kindi 1912, p. 135; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, p. 83; Ibn 'Asakir 1995, p. 447.


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Preceded by
Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Governor of Egypt
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