Chapters two and three, narrating Almoravid
and Almohad political history, navigate significant challenges.
(92) With these words, the chronicler was introducing the Almoravid
emir Ali ibn Yusuf (r.
The Murabitun and Muwwahidun (Almoravid
and Almohad) movements from North Africa helped slow the Christian tide, but disunity among the Muslims eventually led to continued loss of land.
In 2004, only months after the terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, Jose Maria Aznar (at that point, the former Prime Minister of Spain) spoke of the ancient roots of the "War on Terror" at Georgetown University by constructing a bridge between the efforts of the Reconquista--against the Umayyad Emirate, the Tawaaefs, the Almoravid
Caliphate, and finally the Ottoman Empire--and the modern-day efforts of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda:
(14) Second, he displays his own preference for the mahdi's Almoravid
predecessor Ibn tashfin, "a good and conservative man," who chose symbolic deference to the remnant of the Abbasid Caliphate over openly flouting its authority.
There are no footnotes, and the chapters are written to engage, with descriptive tableaux of various historic events--such as El Cid's widow Ximena looking back over "lush plain, fields on undulating wheat punctuated by the iridescent white of almond bloom" at the burning city of Valencia as she flees the city ahead of its Almoravid
Born in the 12th century in Seville, Ibn Zuhr conducted original research in therapeutics, tumours, and abscesses while serving as a physician to both the Almoravid
and Ahmohad courts.
Marrakesh is a Berber word that translates roughly to "Land of God." It was founded by the Almoravid
dynasty in 1072 and was so powerful a city that until the 20th century all of Morocco was known as the Kingdom of Marrakesh.
I was transported to the Islamic Almoravid
dynasty of the 11th century while peering up at the Koutoubia mosque and tower in Marrakech, Morocco.
It features over 300 works of art reflecting what Morocco has achieved during the Almoravid
, Almohad and Marinid dynasties in the fields of architecture, pottery, textile, calligraphy and books.
He was born in Cordoba (present-day Spain), Almoravid
Empire on Passover Eve, 1138, and died in Egypt on December 12, 1204.
He likened himself to the Mahdi, a messianic figure popular with Muslim mystics, and raised an army to attack Almoravid
governors who lacked sufficient faith and rigor.
Firstly, during the Almoravid
and secondly, during the Almohad intrusions, which slowed the Christian advance by about two centuries (S.
Consider the case of the Almoravid
Koubba, the only surviving building in Marrakech dating from the Almoravid
dynasty, which founded the city.
For Levering Lewis, Islamic Spain, with the possible exception of the Almoravid
(1086-1147) and Almohad (1147-1269) periods, to which he dedicates only a few pages, would have been a land of wine and roses, but for those aggressive and obscurantist Catholic kingdoms to the north.