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Banu Ilyas


Banu Ilyas

Banu Ilyas
بنو الیاس
Āl-e Ilyās

The Ilyasids at their greatest extent
Capital Bardsir
Languages Persian
Religion Islam
Government Monarchy
 •  932-967 Muhammad ibn Ilyas
 •  967-968 Ilyasa ibn Muhammad
Historical era Middle Ages
 •  Established 932
 •  Buyid conquest 968

The Banu Ilyas (Persian: بنو الیاس‎‎) or Ilyasids was an Iranian dynasty of Sogdian[1] origin which ruled Kerman from 932 until 968. Their capital was Bardasir.


  • Muhammad b. Ilyas 1
  • Ilyasa b. Muhammad 2
  • Sulaiman b. Muhammad 3
  • Al-Husain 4
  • References 5
  • Sources 6

Muhammad b. Ilyas

Abu 'Ali Muhammad b. Ilyas was a member of the Samanid army and was of Sogdian origin. He supported the failed 929 coup against the Samanid amir Nasr b. Ahmad. After the rebellion failed he fled south, eventually arriving at Kerman in 932. He managed to extend his control over the northern part of the province, while the southern and eastern mountainous portions remained under the control of the local Baloch and Qufs. Despite Samanid and later Buyid attempts to expel him from Kerman, he succeeded in maintaining his rule there for over thirty years. He acknowledged either the Samanids or the Buyids as his overlords but was effectively independent. In 967 he suffered a stroke and was eventually compelled to abdicate in favor of his son Ilyasa.

Ilyasa b. Muhammad

Ilyasa b. Muhammad quickly angered the neighboring Buyids under Kurkir) was given real control. Ilyasa fled to Bukhara, where the Samanids welcomed him, but he aroused their hostility by complaining that they would not help him retake Kerman. He was expelled from Bukhara to Khwarazm, while the governor of Khurasan seized the possessions of Ilyasa's that he had left in Kuhistan. In Khwarazm Ilyasa was stricken with sympathetic ophthalmia and he soon died.

Sulaiman b. Muhammad

In 969 or 970 Ilyasa's brother Sulaiman, who had fled to the Samanids before the Buyid conquest due to a quarrel with his father, convinced the Samanid amir Jiroft and Bam, Sulaiman, two of Ilyasa's sons, Bakr and al-Husain, and a large portion of the Khurasanian troops were killed.


One more attempt by the Ilyasids to retake Kerman occurred in 975 by a nephew or possibly son of Muhammad, al-Husain. Al-Husain, learning of a rebellion in Kerman, traveled from Khurasan and took control of part of the rebelling forces. 'Adud al-Duala's vizier Abu'l-Qasim al-Mutahhar b. 'Abdallah was sent to restore order to the province; he defeated al-Husain in Jiruft and captured him. Nothing more is heard of him and his capture marked the definite end of the Ilyasids in Kerman.


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  • Bosworth, C. E. "The Banu Ilyas of Kirman." Iran and Islam. Edited by C. E. Bosworth. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1971. ISBN 0-85224-200-X
  • Kabir, Mazifullah. The Buwayhid dynasty of Baghdad, 334/946-447/1055. Calcutta: Iran Society, 1964.
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