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Ahmad Baba

Ahmad Baba  

1556–1627 Islamic scholar, writer, and jurist.Ahmad Baba was one of the best-known Islamic scholars and writers of his time. Born into the prestigious Aqit family near Tombouctou (Timbuktu) in ...
Andalusia

Andalusia  

Southernmost province of modern Spain whose name derives from the Arabic term for the Iberian Peninsula, much of which was under Arab-Islamic rule between 711 and 1492. This rule extended ...
art and architecture: Almoravid

art and architecture: Almoravid  

The Almoravids (al-Murabitun in Arabic) ruled Morocco and al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) between c.1062 and 1150. Due to the Almoravids’ adherence to the conservative Malikite school of Islamic law, their ...
capital

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The upper part of a column or pilaster set above the shaft. Each of the classical architectural Orders has a distinctive capital.
Fez

Fez  

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First capital and spiritual center of Morocco. Most prominent legacy of the Idrisid dynasty (788–974). Home of Qarawiyin University. In the medieval period, rivaled al-Azhar as a center of Sunni ...
maqsura

maqsura  

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1 Enclosure in a mosque, situated near the mihrab and minbar, defined by a metal or timber screen, used by a ruler for purposes of protection and status (e.g. the Great Mosque, Qairouan, Tunisia ...
Marinid

Marinid  

A Berber tribe of the Zanata grouping that supplanted the Almohads, ruling in Morocco from c.1250 to 1465.The Banu Marin were pastoralists from eastern Morocco who migrated northwards in ...
Morocco

Morocco  

Morocco now has a more liberal monarch but continues its illegal occupation of Western SaharaMorocco is the most mountainous country of North Africa. The two main chains are the Er Rif, along the ...

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