Yusuf ibn Tashfin


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Yusuf ibn Tashfin

(yo͞oso͝of` ĭ`bən täshfēn`), d. 1106, ruler in the dynasty of the AlmoravidsAlmoravids
, Berber Muslim dynasty that ruled Morocco and Muslim Spain in the 11th and 12th cent. The Almoravids may have originated in what is now Mauritania. The real founder was Abd Allah ibn Yasin, who by military force converted a number of Saharan tribes to his own
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 (c.1059–1106). A Muslim, he led the Berbers in N Africa, continued the conquest of Morocco, took Algeria, and founded (1062) Marrakech, which became his capital. When the petty Moorish kings of Spain appealed for help against the Christians, he entered S Spain and with the help of the local kings decisively defeated (1086) Alfonso VIAlfonso VI,
1030–1109, Spanish king of León (1065–1109) and Castile (1072–1109). He inherited León from his father, Ferdinand I. Defeated by his brother Sancho II of Castile, he fled to the Moorish court of Toledo.
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 of León and Castile. In 1090 he again invaded Spain. Turning conqueror, he annexed all the Moorish territories of Spain except Zarogoza. His empire was inherited by his son Ali.
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It was originally a fortified castle built by Almoravid dynasty during the era of Yusuf Ibn Tashfin and became an important place during the Almohad Caliphate.
Whether or not 'Abd Allah was acting in an official capacity, it can safely be said that he was not sure of Yusuf Ibn Tashfin's favor.
In the light of Katara's strategy of consolidating the unity between Qatar and all Arab nations by illustrating the aspects of their prominent distinctive civilisations, Sulaiti noted,"Today, we host our Moroccan friends to showcase the facets of their tradition and culture which have extensively enriched the Islamic and Arabic civilisations alike." He spoke about great Moroccan personalities such as Yusuf ibn Tashfin, o[umlaut]Abd al Karim al Khattabi and Tariq bin Ziyad, who have contributed to the Islamic history.
Yusuf ibn Tashfin was responsible for the conquest of what is now Algeria and the establishment of the learned center of Tlemcen.
Moreover, only the loss of his fleet in a storm prevented the Almoravid leader, Yusuf ibn Tashfin, from invading in 1105 or 1106.