Yusuf IV of Granada

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Yusuf IV (died 1432) was the sixteenth Nasrid ruler of Granada in Al-Andalus on the Iberian Peninsula in 1432. He was known as Yusuf Ibn al-Mawl, or in Spanish, Abenalmao. A maternal grandson of Muhammad VI,[1] Yusuf IV was placed on the throne of Granada on 1 January 1432 with the support of the Catholic King John II of Castille, in return for tribute and vassal status. He may be identical to Abenamar in the Romance of Abenamar, a medieval frontier romance describing the meeting with John II.

In 1431, there were several claimants to the throne of Granada. King Muhammad IX had entered Iberia from Tunisia in 1428 or 1429, with the promise of Castilian support in overthrowing Muhammad VIII. However, the Castilian Catholic King John II did not decisively support either, instead playing them against each other to obtain greater tribute and the concession of Granada as a vassal of Castile. Muhammad VIII surrendered in 1429 and was killed in March 1431, leaving Muhammad IX on the throne, but without having reached an agreement with Castile. John II continued to demand greater concessions, and would not offer a permanent peace. Instead, he supported another candidate, Yusuf IV. Yusuf agreed to tribute and to be John's vassal.[2]

His son Aben Celim was the father of Cidi Hiaya Alnayar, later renamed Pedro de Granada, who married Cetimerien Venegas, later renamed María de Venegas, and had issue, including the Lords of Campotéjar[3] (including Alessandro Grimaldi, Doge of Genoa) and the Marquesses of Casablanca and the Lords of the Majorat of la Torre Marquesses of Torre Alta.


  1. ^ Harvey, Leonard Patrick (1992). Islamic Spain, 1250 to 1500. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-31962-8.
  2. ^ Harvey, p.251
  3. ^ Titulos Nobiliarios Andaluces, Genealogia y Toponimia, Granada, Editorial Andalucia 1991, Valverde Fraikin, Jorge
Yusuf IV of Granada
Cadet branch of the Banu Khazraj
 Died: 1432
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Muhammad IX
Sultan of Granada
Succeeded by
Muhammad IX