Abd al-Aziz ibn al-Walid

Abd al-Aziz ibn al-Walid (Arabic: عبد العزيز بن الوليد‎; died 728/9) was a member of the Umayyad dynasty and a military leader in the wars against the Byzantine Empire during the reign of his father, Caliph al-Walid I (reigned 705–715).[1] The latter also appointed Abd al-Aziz governor of Jund Dimashq (District of Damascus).[2] Abd al-Aziz's mother was Umm al-Banin, a daughter of al-Walid's paternal uncle, Abd al-Aziz ibn Marwan.[3]

Abd al-Aziz led his first campaign against the Byzantines in Asia Minor in 709, when he captured a fortress, although his uncle Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik led the main raid of the year afterwards.[4] In 710 he led the main Umayyad attack, although under the auspices of Maslama as commander-in-chief for the Byzantine front,[5] and in 713 he led an attack against the frontier fortress of Gazelon.[6] In 714/15, his father attempted to reverse the succession arrangement, by which the throne would pass to his brother Sulayman, in favour of Abd al-Aziz, but was unable to impose his will.[1] When Sulayman in turn died in 717, Abd al-Aziz intended to claim the throne, but upon learning that Umar II had been chosen as caliph, he presented himself before him and acknowledged his rule.[1] Abd al-Aziz died in Anno Hegirae 110 (728/729 CE).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Zetterstéen (1986), p. 58.
  2. ^ Crone (1980), p. 126.
  3. ^ Hinds (1990), p. 219.
  4. ^ Lilie (1976), pp. 118–119.
  5. ^ Lilie (1976), p. 119.
  6. ^ Lilie (1976), p. 121.


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