Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad al-Mustansir
|Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad al-Mustansir|
|Sultan of Morocco (disputed)|
|Predecessor||Muhammad abu Zayyan as-Saîd II|
|Successor||Abd al-Aziz II ibn Ahmad II|
Ahmad's predecessor Muhammad Abu Zayyan had ascended the throne as a minor in 1372 on the death of his father, Abu Faris Abd al-Aziz. The Nasrid ruler Muhammed V of Granada sent two Marinid princes to Morocco whom he had been holding captive in Granada: Ahmad Abu al-Abbas and Abdul Rahman bin Yaflusin, and supported them in taking control of northern Morocco.
Ahmad became the Sultan of Fez in 1374, while Abdul Rahman became the independent Sultan of Marrakesh. Ibn al-Khatib, a former vizier of Granada and distinguished man of letters, had taken refuge in Morocco. Abu Abbas had him executed as Muhammed V wished, and handed over Sabta (Ceuta) to Muhammad V.
Abu Abbas was temporarily replaced in 1384 by Musa ibn Faris al-Mutawakkil. His deposition was engineered by the Nasrids. Musa ibn Faris Abu Faris al-Mutawakkil was a disabled son of the former Sultan Abu Inan Faris. Musa Ben Faris ruled until 1386, and was replaced by Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Wathiq, who ruled until 1387. Abu Abbas then regained the throne. After his restoration, Abu Abbas began to give more power to the vizirs. While Morocco was at peace, Abu Abbas reconquered Tlemcen and Algiers.
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