Muhammad ibn Nafi

Muhammad ibn Nafi (Arabic: محمد بن نافع‎) was a ninth century governor of the Yemen for the Abbasid Caliphate.

Muhammad ibn Nafi
محمد بن نافع
Abbasid Governor of Yemen
In office
Preceded byIshaq ibn al-Abbas ibn Muhammad al-Hashimi
Succeeded byAbu al-Razi Muhammad ibn Abd al-Hamid
Personal details
BornAbbasid Caliphate

Muhammad was appointed to Sana'a by the caliph al-Ma'mun (r. 813–833) in an attempt to conciliate the Yemenis, who had become disorderly under the previous governor Ishaq ibn al-Abbas ibn Muhammad al-Hashimi. Despite this, he was soon faced with the rebellion of one Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Umari, nicknamed Ahmar al-Ayn (the Red-Eyed One), in the central highlands, and he was eventually driven out of the province by the rebel. During his governorship, al-Jawf was separately administered by the Hamdani chief Malik ibn Luqman al-Arhabi.[1]


  1. ^ Al-Mad'aj 1988, p. 213; Al-Ya'qubi 1883, p. 561; Bosworth 1987, p. 176.


  • 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.
  • Bosworth, C.E., ed. (1987). The History of al-Ṭabarī, Volume XXXII: The Reunification of the ʿAbbāsid Caliphate: The Caliphate of al-Maʾmūn, A.D. 813–33/A.H. 198–213. SUNY Series in Near Eastern Studies. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-88706-058-8.
  • Al-Ya'qubi, Ahmad ibn Abu Ya'qub (1883). Houtsma, M. Th. (ed.). Historiae, Vol. 2. Leiden: E. J. Brill.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ishaq ibn al-Abbas ibn Muhammad al-Hashimi
Abbasid governor of the Yemen
Succeeded by
Abu al-Razi Muhammad ibn Abd al-Hamid