|Biographical detail : ||The Sultan of Zanzibar from 1870 to 1888.
His father died in 1856. His attempts to seize the throne was foiled by his brother Majid, spent two years in exile in Bombay and came to power in 1870.
He attempted to modernise his country by British help. The Belgian monarch Leopold II wanted to control the rich Ivory trade in that region and his claims were recognised by other European powers in 1885. So Said Ibn Sultan remained a spectator, when the Europeans dismembered his country in 1886.