Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sir Jamshid bin Abdullah Al Said
جمشيد بن عبد الله
Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar.jpg
Sultan Jamshid in 1963
Sultan of Zanzibar
Reign1 July 1963 – 12 January 1964
PredecessorSir Abdullah bin Khalifa
SuccessorAbeid Karume (as President of Zanzibar)
Born (1929-09-16) 16 September 1929 (age 91)
Unguja, Zanzibar
SpouseSayyida Anisa bint Salim Al Said
Zuleika bint Abdullah Al Aufy
IssueSayyid Ali bin Jamshid Al Said
Sayyida Matuka bint Jamshid Al Said
Sayyid Khalifa bin Jamshid Al Said
Sayyid Abdullah bin Jamshid Al Said
Sayyid Wasfi bin Jamshid Al Said
Sayyida Adla bint Jamshid Al Said
Sayyid Gharib bin Jamshid Al Said
HouseHouse of Al Said
FatherSir Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Said
MotherSayyida Tohfa bint Ali Al Said

Sir Jamshid bin Abdullah Al Said, GCMG (Arabic: جمشيد بن عبد الله‎; born 16 September 1929),[1][2] is a Zanzibari royal who was the last reigning Sultan of Zanzibar before being deposed in the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution.


Jamshid ruled Zanzibar from 1 July 1963 to 12 January 1964. On 10 December 1963, Zanzibar received its independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy under Jamshid. This state of affairs was short lived and he was overthrown by the Zanzibar Revolution.

He fled into exile firstly to Oman but was not allowed to settle permanently.[3] He later moved to the United Kingdom, settling in Portsmouth[4] with his wife and children.[5]

While his children and siblings all settled to Oman in the 1980s, the Omani government continually denied Jamshid's requests to join them citing security reasons. Their stance changed in September 2020 when after over 50 years in the United Kingdom, Jamshid's request to live in Oman was granted by the government of the new Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tarik,[6] to return to his ancestral land as a member of the Al-Said royal family only rather than a titular Sultan. He became the oldest living muslim monarch worldwide following the death of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah IV on September 29, 2020.


  • 16 September 1929 – 1 July 1963: Sayyid Jamshid bin Abdullah Al Said.
  • 1 July – 9 December 1963: His Highness Sultan Sayyid Jamshid bin Abdullah, Sultan of Zanzibar.
  • 9 December 1963 – 12 January 1964: His Majesty Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah Al Said, GCMG, Sultan of Zanzibar.
  • 12 January 1964 – 16 September 2020: His Majesty Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah Al Said, GCMG, Titular Sultan of Zanzibar.
  • 16 September 2020 – present: Janaab Sayyid Jamshid bin Abdullah Al Said, GCMG.


National Honours

  • Sovereign of the Order of the Brilliant Star of Zanzibar (Wisam al-Kawkab al-Durri al-Zanzibari) since 1 July 1963 (1st class on 30 March 1960).
  • Founder and Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Independence of Zanzibar (Wissam al-Istiqlal) in five classes on 9 November 1963.

Foreign Honours



  1. ^ Profile of Jamshid bin Abdullah
  2. ^ Rulers
  3. ^ Bakari, Mohammed Ali (2001). The Democratisation Process in Zanzibar: A Retarded Transition. GIGA-Hamburg. p. 192. ISBN 978-3-928049-71-9. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  4. ^ The Guardian
  5. ^ "Royals in exile: In Britain, heirs to the thrones". The Independent. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ Zanzibar’s former sultan arrives in Oman for retirement
  7. ^ Galloway, Peter, The Order of St. Michael and St. George. Published by Third Millennium Publishing for the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, U.K. (2000). ISBN 0953696952
  8. ^ Guidance for Honours in the De Jure Kingdom of Rwanda[permanent dead link]
Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar
Born: 16 September, 1929
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Abdullah bin Khalifa
Sultan of Zanzibar
1 July 1963 – 12 January 1964
Sultanate abolished
Abeid Karume
as President of Zanzibar
New title — TITULAR —
Sultan of Zanzibar
12 January 1964 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Sultan government abolished in 1964
Sayyid Ali bin Jamshid Al Said