Reign of the Aghlabid Amir- Ibrahim II

27 Jun 2020  Sat

Abu Ishaq Ibrahim II Ibn Ahmed also is known as Ibrahim II was the ninth Aghlabid Emir of Ifriqiya reigning from 875 to 902. Ibrahim was the son of the Aghlabid Amir Ahmad of Ifriqiya. His 27 years of reign saw a period of prosperity in Africa. Although Ibrahim II inherited a kingdom depopulated by the plague of 874, his reign was economically prosperous.

Among his public works, Ibrahim completed the Zaytuna mosque of Tunis, build a vast new water reservoir for the city, erected the walls of Sousse, and established a line of new naval signal towers along the Ifriqiyan coast.

A coinage reform he undertook in 888-889 provoked riots in Kairouan, which had to be suppressed, but it also resulted in an influx of precious metal from the eastern caliphate. The above shown gold Dinar was issued during his reign. The obverse of a coin portrays the Kalima on the field ‘La Ilaha Illallah Wahdahu La Sharika Lahu Balagh’. Margin depicts the legend ‘Muhammadur Rasulullah Arsalahu Bi’l Huda Wa Din Al Haq Li-Yuzhirahu Ala Al-Din Kullihi. The reverse of a coin read as ‘Ghalab Muhammad Rasul Allah Ibrahim’.

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