Musa ibn Ulayy ibn Rabah al-Lakhmi

Abu Abd al-Rahman Musa ibn Ulayy ibn Rabah al-Lakhmi (Arabic: أبو عبد الرحمن موسى بن علي بن رباح اللخمي) (c. 707-779/80)[1] was an Islamic scholar.

Musa ibn Ulayy ibn Rabah al-Lakhmi
Abbasid Governor of Egypt
In office
Preceded byMuhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman ibn Mu'awiyah ibn Hudayj al-Tujibi
Succeeded byIsa ibn Luqman al-Jumahi
Personal details
  • Ulayy ibn Rabah al-Lakhmi (father)


Musa was born in North Africa[1] to Ulayy ibn Rabah al-Lakhmi, an early hadith narrator and Umayyad confidant. His father's name had originally been Ali, but was changed to Ulayy in order to escape anti-Alid sentiment in the Umayyad era.[2]

During his lifetime Musa narrated hadith on the authority of his father, as well as from Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri, Muhammad ibn Munkadir, Yazid ibn Abi Habib, Yazid ibn Abi Mansur, and Hibban ibn Abi Jabalah.[3] He was considered a highly reliable (thiqa thiqa) hadith transmitter by the traditionalist Ahmad ibn Hanbal and "reliable, God willing" (thiqa-in-sha'a llah) by Ibn Sa'd.[4]

In 772 Musa was selected by the terminally ill governor of Egypt, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Tujibi, to succeed him upon his death, and he was subsequently confirmed in that position by the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur. He remained as governor over the next six years, during which he put down a Coptic revolt near Rashid in 773, before being dismissed by the caliph al-Mahdi in 778.[5]

He died in 779/780 in Alexandria.[6]


  1. ^ a b Gordon et al. 2018, p. 1149; Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani 1968, p. 363; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, p. 26
  2. ^ On Ulayy see Raisuddin 1993, pp. 29 ff.; Clarke 2012, pp. 36 ff.; Ibn Sa'd 1997, p. 317.
  3. ^ Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani 1968, p. 363; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, p. 26.
  4. ^ Lucas 2004, pp. 307, 318.
  5. ^ Al-Kindi 1912, pp. 118, 119–20; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, pp. 23, 25 ff.; Morimoto 1981, p. 150. See also Kennedy 1981, pp. 33-34 n. 46, for a reconciliation of Musa's governorship with conflicting information provided by al-Tabari.
  6. ^ Gordon et al. 2018, p. 1149; Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani 1968, p. 363; Ibn Taghribirdi 1930, p. 26; Khalifah ibn Khayyat 1985, p. 437.


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Preceded by Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by