17 Facts About Almoravid


Name "Almoravid" was tied to a school of Malikite law called "Dar al-Murabitin" founded in Sus al-Aksa, modern day Morocco, by a scholar named Waggag ibn Zallu.

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Almoravid's name can be read as "son of Ya-Sin", suggesting he had obliterated his family past and was "re-born" of the Holy Book.

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Almoravid responded to questioning with charges of apostasy and handed out harsh punishments for the slightest deviations.

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Almoravid believed it was not enough to urge his audiences to put aside their blood loyalties and ethnic differences, and embrace the equality of all Muslims under the Sacred Law, it was necessary to make them do so.

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Almoravid spent at least several years capturing each fort and settlement in the region around Fez and in northern Morocco.

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Almoravid was prevented from following up his victory by trouble in Africa, which he chose to settle in person.

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Almoravid returned to Iberia in 1090, avowedly for the purpose of annexing the taifa principalities of Iberia.

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Almoravid was supported by most of the Iberian people, who were discontented with the heavy taxation imposed upon them by their spendthrift rulers.

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Almoravid died in 1106, when he was reputed to have reached the age of 100.

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The Almoravid power was at its height at Yusuf's death: the Moorish empire then included all of Northwest Africa as far eastward as Algiers, and all of Iberia south of the Tagus and as far eastward as the mouth of the Ebro, and including the Balearic Islands.

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Almoravid was defeated by the combined action of his Christian foes in Iberia and the agitation of the Almohads in Morocco.

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Almoravid movement started as a conservative Islamic reform movement inspired by the Maliki school of jurisprudence.

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However, monuments and textiles from Almeria from the late Almoravid period indicate that the empire had changed its attitude with time.

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Many of the remaining fabrics from the Almoravid period were reused by Christians, with examples in the reliquary of San Isidoro in Leon, a chasuble from Saint-Sernin in Toulouse, the Chasuble of San Juan de Ortega in the church of Quintanaortuna, the shroud of San Pedro de Osma, and a fragment found at the church of Thuir in the eastern Pyrenees.

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Almoravid Kufic is the variety of Maghrebi Kufic script that was used as an official display script during the Almoravid period.

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The Almoravid Qubba is one of the few Almoravid monuments in Marrakesh surviving, and is notable for its highly ornate interior dome with carved stucco decoration, complex arch shapes, and minor muqarnas cupolas in the corners of the structure.

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Almoravid movement has its intellectual origins in the writings and teachings of Abu Imran al-Fasi, who first inspired Yahya Ibn Ibrahim of the Godala tribe in Kairouan.

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