Almoravid dynasty

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Almoravid Empire
Flag of Almoravids
Map showing the extent of the Almoravid empire
Map showing the extent of the Almoravid empire
CapitalAghmat (1040-1062), Marrakech(1062-1147) & Córdoba
Common languagesBerber languages (predominant), Classical Arabic, Mozarab, Hebrew language, African Romance & Andalusian Arabic
Malikite Islam (predominant), Roman Catholic, Ibadi, Judaism & Sufism
• 1040-1059
Abdallah ibn Yasin
• 1146–1147
Ishaq ibn Ali
• Established
• Disestablished
3,885,000 km2 (1,500,000 sq mi)
CurrencyDinar & Maravedi
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Taifa of Mallorca
Taifa of Almería
Taifa of Badajoz
Taifa of Beja and Évora
Córdoban Republic
Taifa of Guadix and Baza
Taifa of Málaga
Taifa of Silves
Taifa of Niebla
Banu Hilal
Taifa of Murcia
Taifa of Valencia

The Almoravids were a Berber[1] dynasty from the Sahara that ruled over a wide area of northwestern Africa and the Iberian peninsula during the 11th century.

Under this dynasty the Moorish empire included present-day Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Gibraltar, Tlemcen (in Algeria) and a great part of what is now Senegal and Mali in the south, and Spain and Portugal to the north in Europe. At its greatest extent, the empire stretched 3,000 kilometres north to south (an all-time latitude spanner until Spanish America).

Rulers[change | change source]

  • Abdallah ibn Yasin (1040-1059)
  • Yusuf ibn Tashfin (1061–1106)
  • Ali ibn Yusuf (1106–42)
  • Tashfin ibn Ali (1142–46)
  • Ibrahim ibn Tashfin (1146)
  • Ishaq ibn Ali (1146–1147)

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References[change | change source]

  1. Glick, Thomas F. Islamic And Christian Spain in the Early Middle Ages. (2005) Brill Academic Publishers page 37
  • General History of Africa, Africa from the Seventh to the Eleventh Century, Ed. M. Elfasi, Ch. 13 I.Hrbek and J.Devisse, The Almoravids (pp. 336–366), UNESCO, 1988
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