Mazyadid dynasty

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The Mazyadids, named after their ancestor Mazyad al-Shaybani (also Shaybanids after their original tribe of Shayban or Yazidids after Mazyad's son Yazid), was an Arab family what came to rule over the region of Shirvan (in Azerbaijan) in the late 8th century. From 861 on, with Haytham ibn Khalid's assumption of the ancient Iranian title of Shirvanshah, they practically broke free of Abbasid control and ruled Shirvan more or less independently until the 14th century.


Mazyadid dynasty was first generation of whole independent Shirvanshahs. Dynasty ruled both Shirvan and Layzan,[1] until latter invaded Shamakhy and united crowns. The dynasty was a vassal and tributary state to Sallarids, Sajids and others. The Mazyadid reign is largely unexplored due to lack of sources. Sometimes numismatic evidences are the only sources about reign and existence of Shahs.

Family tree[edit]

Descent from Mazyad, rulers shown in bold. Mazyadids.png


The Mazyadids were succeeded by Kasranids which is regarded as the start of the cultural Persianization of Shirvan.


  1. ^ Ter-Ghewondyan, Aram (1976). The Arab Emirates in Bagratid Armenia. Transl. Nina G. Garsoïan. Lisbon: Livraria Bertrand. OCLC 490638192. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. 


  • Sara Ashurbeyli – Shirvanshahs, Baku, 2007