One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a federation of Muslim Berber peoples that established an empire in Morocco, Algeria, and Spain in the 11th century. They were in turn driven out by the Almohads.
- ‘Finally, around the middle of the eleventh century, a confederation of tribes called the Almoravids conquered all of Morocco, as well as much of Spain.’
- ‘Lastly, Brett has put forward the possibility that the arrival of the Almoravids and Almohads created new markets for, and new channels of access to, black slaves in al-Andalus and North Africa, replacing the demand for whites.’
- ‘The situation had deteriorated in 1085 when the Almoravid Berbers from Morocco united Andalusia under a Shiite regime.’
- ‘By 1076, Islamic warrior monks (Almoravid or Al Murabitun) completed the conquest of southern Mauritania, defeating the ancient Ghana empire.’
- ‘Second, the invasion of Ghana in 1076 by a Muslim sect called the Almoravids forced thousands to flee south and west.’
Spanish, from Arabic al-murābit, literally ‘one who is bound’.
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