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Among the Yu'firiden in Yemeni Surdud whipped dinars with the names of the Caliph al-Mutī'

Abū l-Qāsim al-Fadl al-Mutīʿ li-llāh ( Arabic أبو القاسم الفضل المطيع لله, DMG Abū l-Qāsim al-Faḍl al-Muṭīʿ li-llāh  'the one who obeys God'; * before 946; † autumn 974 in Dair al-ʿĀqūl) was 946–974 the twenty-third caliph of the Abbasid dynasty . He had next to no political power.


Al-Mutīʿ, the son of a Slavic concubine, was a brother of the caliphs ar-Radi and al-Muttaqi . After the deposition of his enemy al-Mustakfī (r. 944-946), the Buyids enthroned him again, a son of al-Muqtadir in Baghdad . The Shiite Buyids exercised a "protective rule" over the largely disempowered Abbasids from 945 onwards. Especially when the Buyid rule under Adud ad-Daula (r. 949-983) reached its peak, there was even a threat of the abolition of the Sunni Abbasid caliphate and the establishment of a Shiite one. The relative insignificance of the caliphs at the time is supported by the fact that only four caliphs ruled Baghdad during the 100-year rule of the Buyids. Their predecessors had only been able to assert themselves on the throne for a few years.

Under al-Mutīʿ, who was initially not recognized by the Samanids , Egypt was lost to the Fatimid caliphs.

Al-Mutīʿ was also discontinued because he was seriously ill ( stroke ) (summer 974); the Buyids appointed his son at-Tā'iʿ (r. 974–991) to be his successor .

Al-Mutīʿ is the last Abbasid caliph treated by al-Masʿūdī in his universal story Kitāb at-Tanbīh wa-l-išrāf .


predecessor Office successor
al-Mustakfī Caliph of the Abbasid