BUWAYHID ‘Adud Al-Daula Abu Shuja’ dirham 364 AH (975 AD) Sherez mint


BUWAYHID, Adud Al-Daula Abu Shuja’, 952-983 AD, dirham, 364 AH (975 AD), Sherez mint, silver, 27-29mm, 2.95, A1550.1, flat spots, cleaned VF

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Adud Al-Dawla Abu Shuja; bin Rukn Al-Dawla was a vassal to his father and then ruled in his own name. The Buwayhids had a system of Amirs and subsidiary Amirs. Adud fought with the Saffarids, who recognized the Buwayhids. He fought with his brothers and came out on top. A ten year peace treaty was signed with the Byzantines.

The Buwayhids (Buyids, Buyyids, etc.) were Persians of the Shi’a persuasion, originally from the Daylam region. The government was a federation of local Amirs (Commanders), who cooperated and fought with each other, often at the same time. Collectively, they ruled Mesopotamia and Persia until the coming of the Seljuk Turks.

The term “Islamic coins” refers to coins made by Muslim governments from the time of the first caliphs to an end point in time that varies with the particular country being considered, but is generally some time from the 17th to 19th century. There is a geographic exclusion: India and points east are generally considered separately. The main reference used here is “Checklist of Islamic Coins,” by Stephen Album.