Muhammad ibn Zuhayr al-Azdi

Muhammad ibn Zuhayr al-Dabbi (Arabic: محمد بن زهير الأزدي‎) was a governor of Egypt for the Abbasid Caliphate, from 789 to 790.[1]

He was appointed to the province by the caliph Harun al-Rashid, with authority over both security and prayers (salah) and taxation (kharaj). His financial director Umar ibn Ghaylan, however, quickly alienated the people of Egypt with a series of unpopular policies, and soon afterwards the local jund staged a revolt over issues of pay. When the caliph learned that Muhammad had refrained from protecting Umar against the jund, he dismissed him from the governorship and replaced him with Dawud ibn Yazid ibn Hatim al-Muhallabi instead.[1]


  1. ^ a b Al-Kindi 1912, p. 133; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, pp. 74–75.


  • Ibn Taghribirdi, Jamal al-Din Abu al-Mahasin Yusuf (1930). Nujum al-zahira fi muluk Misr wa'l-Qahira, Volume II (in Arabic). Cairo: Dar al-Kutub al-Misriyya.
  • Al-Kindi, Muhammad ibn Yusuf (1912). Guest, Rhuvon (ed.). The Governors and Judges of Egypt (in Arabic). Leyden and London: E. J. Brill.
Preceded by
Maslamah ibn Yahya al-Bajali
Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by
Dawud ibn Yazid ibn Hatim al-Muhallabi