Malik ibn Kaydar

Malik ibn Kaydar (Arabic: مالك بن كيدر‎; died 848) was a Soghdian[1] military officer for the Abbasid Caliphate in the ninth century.

The son of Kaydar Nasr ibn Abdallah and brother of Muzaffar ibn Kaydar, Malik served under the Turkish general Ashinas during the Amorium campaign against the Byzantine Empire in 838, and he was responsible for pursuing and capturing a number of inhabitants of Ancyra who had fled from the Muslim army.[2] In 839 Ashinas appointed him as resident governor of Egypt, and his administration there was praised by the fifteenth century chronicler Ibn Taghribirdi. After holding the governorship for a little over two years, he was dismissed by Ashinas in favor of Ali ibn Yahya al-Armani in 841. He died in Alexandria in 848.[3]


  1. ^ Gordon 2001, p. 77.
  2. ^ Bosworth 1991, pp. 103-07.
  3. ^ Al-Kindi 1912, p. 195; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, p. 239


  • Gordon, Matthew S. (2001). The Breaking of a Thousand Swords: A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra (A.H. 200–275/815–889 C.E.). Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-4795-2.
  • Ibn Taghribirdi, Jamal al-Din Abu al-Mahasin Yusuf (1930). Nujum al-zahira fi muluk Misr wa'l-Qahira, Volume II. Cairo: Dar al-Kutub al-Misriyya.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Al-Kindi, Muhammad ibn Yusuf (1912). Guest, Rhuvon (ed.). The Governors and Judges of Egypt. Leydon and London: E. J. Brill.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Bosworth, C.E., ed. (1991). The History of al-Ṭabarī, Volume XXXIII: Storm and Stress Along the Northern Frontiers of the ʿAbbāsid Caliphate: The Caliphate of al-Muʿtasim, A.D. 833–842/A.H. 218–227. SUNY Series in Near Eastern Studies. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-0493-5.
Preceded by
Musa ibn Abi al-Abbas
Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by
Ali ibn Yahya al-Armani