Muhammad III ibn Abd al-Aziz
|Muhammad III ibn Abd al-Aziz|
|Sultan of Morocco|
|Predecessor||Abu Faris Abdul Aziz I|
|Successor||Ahmad ibn Ibrahim, al-Mustansir|
Muhammad Abu Zayyan ascended the throne as a minor on the death of his father, Sultan Abu Faris Abd al-Aziz. His father had befriended Lisan al-Din bin al-Khatib, former vizier of Muhammed V of Granada, and during Muhammad bin Abd al-Aziz's rule al-Khatib was safe.
Muhammed V sent two Marinid princes to Morocco whom he had been holding captive in Granada: Ahmad ibn Ibrahim and Abdul Rahman bin Yaflusin, and supported them in taking control of northern Morocco. Muhammad Abu Zayyan was succeeded in 1374 by Abul Abbas Ahmad and Abd-al-Rahman. Abul-Abbas Ahmad (Mustanzir) became the Sultan of Fez, while Abdul Rahman became the independent Sultan of Marrakesh. Al-Khatib was imprisoned and in 1375 was strangled to death while in captivity.
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