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
Reign19 October 1856 – 7 October 1870
Predecessortitle created (Said bin Sultan Sultan of Oman)
SuccessorBarghash bin Said of Zanzibar
Died7 October 1870 (aged 35-36)
Makusurani Cemetery
IssueSayyida Khanfora bint Majid Al Said
FatherSaid bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman
ReligionIbadi 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]

Sayyid Majid bin Said Al-Busaidi was of West Asian and East African ancestry. He was born on Zanzibar to an Ethiopian mother in 1834.[2]

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.

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  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ Nicolini, Beatrice. "The Myth of the Sultans in the Western Indian Ocean during the Nineteenth Century: A New Hypothesis." African and Asian Studies 8 (2009) 239-267. Pg. 250

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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