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Late Medieval Islamic history

By |2018-04-23T15:28:20+00:00July 24th, 2017|History, Islam|

Fatimid gate of Cairo Bad al-Futuh (1087 AD) In 750 AD, it seemed like the Islamic Empire would last a thousand years. The Abbasid caliphs ruled a giant empire. It stretched from Morocco to Afghanistan. Their capital was at Baghdad in modern Iraq. Baghdad was also a center of scholarship and trade. The Abbasids kept control until the early 900s - [...]

Almohad Caliphate – Medieval Islam

By |2018-04-23T15:23:01+00:00July 23rd, 2017|History, Islam|

Rabat gate, Morocco, about 1200 AD During the 1100s AD, while the Ayyubids were taking over Egypt, the Almohad dynasty managed to conquer and rule the rest of North Africa (modern Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) and Iberia (modern Spain and Portugal). When they conquered Cordoba in 1148, the Almohads threw all the Jews out of town, among them the young Maimonides. [...]