• The Slide into Anarchy of the Emirate of Cordoba | 852CE – 912CE | Al Andalus Episode 03
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    The Slide into Anarchy of the Emirate of Cordoba | 852CE – 912CE | Al Andalus Episode 03

    When Abd al-Rahman died, his son Abdullah, the son of his favorite concubine, looked like the heir to the emirate. However, due to him being busy with, what we can assume was a hell of a party, Muhammad, the brother of Abdullah, took the throne. The story of Muhammad’s ascention is probably a bit exaggerated but it’s interesting nonetheless. The night Abd al-Rahman died, the eunuch in the palace wanted to inform Abdullah to come to the palace but one of the religious advisors of Abd al-Rahman stopped them and told them Muhammad would be a better choice, even though, Muhammad wasn’t very nice to anyone. So, the eunuch went…

  • The Foundation of the Emirate of Cordoba | 750CE – 788CE | Al Andalus Episode 01
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    The Foundation of the Emirate of Cordoba | 750CE – 788CE | Al Andalus Episode 01

    As he landed on the shores of Spain, he looked back over the sea, beyond which there was a different world. One, he was once destined to rule but then, he wasn’t. Running for his life, leaving behind everything he ever knew, Abd al-Rahman finally had found a home in Al-Andalus, Muslim Spain. The Umayyad Caliphate had conquered Spain in 711 CE. To integrate it into the Empire, the Umayyads had moved Syrians there in large numbers. Other than them, Berbers from Northern Africa, who actually conquered Spain for the Umayyads moved there as well. For the next four decades, it was very difficult to control all the way from…