Majid bin Said of Zanzibar

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Majid bin Said of Zanzibar
Sultan of Zanzibar
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Majid bin Said of Zanzibar
Sultan of Zanzibar
Reign 19 October 1856 – 7 October 1870
Predecessor title created (Said bin Sultan Sultan of Oman)
Successor Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar
Born 1834
Died 7 October 1870 (aged 35-36)
Burial Makusurani Cemetery
Issue Sayyida Khanfora bint Majid Al Said
Father Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman
Mother Sara
Religion Ibadi Islam

Sayyid Majid bin Said Al-Busaidi (1834 – October 7, 1870) (Arabic: ماجد بن سعيد البوسعيد‎‎) was the first Sultan of Zanzibar. He ruled Zanzibar from October 19, 1856 to October 7, 1870.[1]

Majid became Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman on the death of his father, Sayyid Said bin Sultan, but his accession was contested. Following the struggle over the accession to the position of Sultan of Oman, Zanzibar and Oman were divided into two separate principalities, with Majid ruling Zanzibar and his older brother Sayyid Thuwaini bin Said al-Busaid ruling Oman.

His marriage only produced one daughter, Sayyida Khanfora bint Majid (who married her cousin, the seventh Sultan). Consequently, Majid was succeeded as sultan by his brother Sayyid Barghash.

His reign was infamous in that he consolidated his power around the East African slave trade. His descendants would later follow this practice. Barghash bin Said claimed to halt the slave trade, but he continued this until the United Kingdom gained protectorate over the colony.

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Preceded by
New creation
Kingdom previously part of Oman under Majid's father, Said bin Sultan
Sultan of Zanzibar
Succeeded by
Barghash bin Said