Almoravides

Almoravid

[al-muh-rah-vid, al-mawr-uh-, -mohr-]
noun
a member of a Muslim dynasty ruling in Spain and northern Africa from 1056 to 1147.
Also, Almoravide [al-mawr-uh-vahyd, -mohr-, al-muh-rah-vahyd] .


Origin:
< Spanish < Arabic al-murābit literally, the occupant of a fortified convent

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