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Shaddadid territories in the 11-12th centuries.
Capital Dvin, Janza, Ani
Government Emirate
Historical era Middle Ages
 - Established 951
 - Disestablished 1199

The Shaddadids were a Kurdish dynasty who ruled in various parts of Armenia and Arran from 951-1199 A.D. They were established in Dvin. Through their long tenure in Armenia, they often intermarried with the Bagratuni royal family of Armenia.

They began ruling in the city of Dvin, and eventually ruled other major cities, such as Barda, Ganja, and were given the city of Ani as a reward for their service to the Seljuqs, to whom they became vassals. From 1047 to 1057, the Shaddadids were engaged in several wars against the Byzantine army. The area between the rivers Kura and Arax was ruled by a Shaddadid dynasty.

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Shaddadid Rulers


Emirs in Ani

  • Menuchir (1075-1118 A.D.) (The emir of Ani. A mosque in the city is named after him) [1].
  • Abu-l-Asvar Shavur II(1118-1124 A.D.)
  • Fadl IV bin Shavur II(1125-?)
  • Mahmud (?-1131 A.D.)
  • Khushchikr (1131-? A.D.)
  • Shaddad (?-1155 A.D.)
  • Fadl V (1155-1161 A.D.)
  • Shahanshah (also, Sultan ibn Mahmud) (1164-1174 A.D.)

See also


  1. Diplomacy gone to seed: a history of Byzantine foreign relations, A.D. 1047-57, , By Paul A. Blaum, International Journal of Kurdish Studies, Jan. 2005.
  2. History of Ganja
  3. Kurds, from Home of Tour Armenia
  4. A Chronology of World Political History (801 - 1000 C.E.)
  5. Arran, By: C. E. Bosworth, From Encyclopaedia Iranica, page 522.
  6. The Caucasus (Contains a list of the early Shaddadid Kings)
  7. Minorsky, Vladimir (1953). Studies in Caucasian History. New York: Taylor’s Foreign Press. pp. 102–103. ISBN 0521057353.  


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