|Ruler of Volga Bulgaria|
Modern portrait of Almış
|Reign||9th century – beginning of 10th|
Almış was a son of Şilki ([ʃilˈki]). He was a ruler of one of the Bulgar duchies, probably, the Bolghar Duchy. Initially, a vassal of the Khazars, he struggled for independence and unification of all Bulgar tribes and duchies. He sent ambassadors to the Baghdad caliph. In 922, the caliph Al-Muqtadir's ambassador Ibn Fadlan appeared in Bolghar. The Abbasid caliphate became an ally of Volga Bulgaria. Almış adopted the Islamic name Jaʿfar ibn ʿAbdullah (Latin Tatar: Cäğfär bine Ğabdulla, Arabic script: جعفر ابن عبدالله).
During the reign of Almış, Volga Bulgaria developed to a united, strong and independent state.