Abu Talib Yahya

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Abu Talib Yahya (951 - 1033) was an imam of the Zaydiyyah sect in 1020-1033.

Like his elder brother and predecessor al-Mu'ayyad Ahmad, Abu Talib Yahya was a prominent man of learning and a descendant of Imam Hasan bin Ali. He succeeded al-Mu'ayyad Ahmad in the imamate of the Zaidi territories in Gilan and Deylaman in Persia, formally as "caliph".[1] At this time there were two major Zaidi territories, namely the area south of the Caspian Sea and the highlands of Yemen. For many years after the death of imam al-Mahdi al-Husayn in 1013, no local imam was appointed in the Yemeni territory. In Zaidi historiography, al-Mu'ayyad Ahmad and Abu Talib Yahya are sometimes listed as such, although they never visited Yemen.[2]

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  1. ^ Carl Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, Supplement, Vol. I. Leiden 1937, p. 697.
  2. ^ List in Cornelis van Arendonk, Les débuts de l'imamat zaidite au Yemen. Leiden 1960; Cesare Ansalsi, Il Yemen nella storia e nella leggenda. Roma 1933, p. 134; http://www.hukam.net/family.php?fam=2.
Preceded by
al-Mu'ayyad Ahmad
Zaydiyyah Imam
Succeeded by
Abu Hashim al-Hasan