Hamoud bin Mohammed of Zanzibar

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Hamoud bin Mohammed of Zanzibar.
Hamud bin Muhammad Al-Said
Sultan of Zanzibar within the Omani Empire Sayyid of Oman and Sultan of Zanzibar under the Omani Empire

Son: HH Sultan Ali bin Hamud

Son: HH Sayyid Majid bin Hamud Al-Busaid
Reign 1896 - 1902

Father: HH Sultan Muhammad bin Said

Grandfather: HH Sultan Said bin Sultan
Born 1853
Died 1902
Religion Islam
Occupation Sultan of Zanzibar

Sayyid Hamoud bin Mohammed Al-Said, GCSI, (1853 – 18 July 1902) (ruled 27 August 1896 - 18 July 1902) (Arabic: حمود بن محمد‎) was the British-controlled Omani sultan of the protectorate of Zanzibar, who outlawed slavery on the island.[1]

Hamoud became sultan with the support of the British consul, Sir Basil Cave, upon the death of Sayyid Hamad bin Thuwaini. Before he could enter the palace, another potential contender for the throne, Sayyid Khalid bin Barghash, seized the palace and declared himself sultan. The British responded the next day, 26 August 1896, by issuing an ultimatum to Khalid and his entourage to evacuate the palace by 9:00 am on 27 August. When he refused, British warships fired on the palace and other strategic locations in the city, destroying them and causing Khalid and his group to flee. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the resultant Anglo-Zanzibar War was the shortest war in history, and the same day Hamoud was able to assume the title of sultan, more indebted to the British than ever.

Hamoud demanded that slavery be banned in Zanzibar and that all the slaves be freed.


By his wife Sayyida Khanfora bint Majid Al-Busaid (daughter of the first Sultan of Zanzibar) he had ten children:

On his death in 1902 he was succeeded by his oldest son, Sayyid Ali bin Hamud.[1]




  1. ^ a b c "Zanz5".
  2. ^ "Zanz4".
Preceded by
Khalid bin Barghash
Sultan of Zanzibar
Succeeded by
Ali bin Hamud