almoravides








noun

  1. a member of a Muslim dynasty ruling in Spain and northern Africa from 1056 to 1147.

Muslim Berber horde from the Sahara which founded a dynasty in Morocco (11c.) and conquered much of Spain and Portugal. The name is Spanish, from Arabic al-Murabitun, literally “the monks living in a fortified convent,” from ribat “fortified convent.”

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