Baha’ al-Dawla Abu Nasr, Buwayhid Amir in Khuzestan, Iraq and Fars AH 379-403/AD 989-1012

Treadwell Su398G; A 1573/ 1573A, Nearly Mint State

Ahwaz mint, ‘Abbasid-style legends. Ruler cited as al-malik Baha al-Dawla wa diya’ al-milla Abu Nasr; Reverse, additional titles shahanshah and qiwam al-din, followed by the name of ‘Abbasid caliph al-Qadir.


Baha al-Dawla (AH 379-403/AD 989-1012); was the third son of ‘Adud al-Dawla. After a series of disputes and wars with rival princes, Baha al-Dawla was able to establish himself as the ruler of a unified empire. However, this stability did not last long. Other conflicts emerged on the horizon, signaling the decline of the Buwayhids. Eventually the infighting between various Buwayhid princes deteriorated the civil and military administration of the empire. Facing uprisings by both Persian and Turkish troops, Buwayhid rule came to an end at the hands of the Great Seljuq Tughril I who conquered Baghdad in AD 1055. As an historical point of reference for these events, the capture of Jerusalem in the First Crusade would come within four decades of the fall of the Buwayhids.