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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
Capital Aghmat (1040-1062), Marrakech(1062-1147) & Córdoba
Common languages Berber languages (predominant), Classical Arabic, Mozarab, Hebrew language, African Romance & Andalusian Arabic
Malikite Islam (predominant), Roman Catholic, Ibadi, Judaism & Sufism
Government Caliphate
• 1040-1059
Abdallah ibn Yasin
• 1146–1147
Ishaq ibn Ali
• Established
• Disestablished
3,885,000 km2 (1,500,000 sq mi)
Currency Dinar & 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 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).


  • 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)

Related pages

  • 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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