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Ibn Rushd – Medieval Islamic Science

By |2018-04-09T23:07:34-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Philosophy, Science|

Cordoba mosque Since the time of Socrates, many people have tried to figure out how science and religion can both be true at the same time. Ibn Rushd, like the earlier ibn Sina and al-Ghazali, was part of an important movement to try to combine Aristotle's scientific description of the world with religious views to create a unified [...]

Almohad Caliphate – Medieval Islam

By |2019-01-22T20:56:07-07:00July 23rd, 2017|History, Islam|

Rabat gate, Morocco, about 1200 AD Who were the Almohads? 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). Saladin and the Ayyubids Before the Almohads: the Fatimids Islamic North Africa All [...]

Almohad architecture

By |2019-02-10T09:15:06-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam|

Minaret of Koutoubia mosque, Marrakesh (Morocco, 1100s AD) Almohads built a lot of buildings When the Almohads first conquered Morocco and Spain from the Almovarids in the 1100s AD, they showed their strength by building monuments in the cities of their new empire. They built this mosque right over the top of the old Almovarid palace in Marrakesh! [...]