Ahmad Al-Mansur: The Beginnings of Modern Morocco (Makers of the Muslim World)
By: Mercedes Garcia-Arenal (author)Hardback
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Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603) was one of the most important rulers in the history of Morocco, which to this day bears the mark of his twenty-five year rule in the sixteenth century. Though famed for his cunning diplomacy in the power struggle over the Mediterranean, and his allegiance with Britain against Spain in the conquest for the newly discovered Americas, he was more than a political and military tactician. A descendent of the Prophet Muhammad himself, al-Mansur was a charismatic religious authority with ambitions to become Caliph and ruler of all Muslims. Spanning four continents, Dr. Garcia-Arenal places this fascinating figure in a context of political intrigue, discovery and military conquest. With insightful analysis, a glossary and a guide to further reading, this book is the ideal introduction to a multifaceted figure who fully deserves the epithet "Maker of the Muslim World".
Mercedes Garcia-Arenal is Professor of Arabic Studies at the Higher Council of Scientific Research in Madrid.
CONTENTS Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION 1 THE BATTLE OF ALCAZAR Why did the battle take place? The main protagonists at the battle of Alcazar 2 ABD AL-MALIK AND AHMAD BEFORE THE BATTLE OF ALCAZAR Algiers Abd al-Malik's propaganda Muley Ahmad al-Mansur 3 SIXTEENTH-CENTURY MOROCCO: ITS POPULATION, CITIES, RELIGIOUS ELITES AND ARMY The population of Morocco:Arabs and Berbers The cities The 'ulama The Sufi brotherhoods Qadiriyya and Shadhiliyya Sharifism The army 4 RENEGADES, MORISCOS AND JEWS Renegades Andalusians or Moriscos Jews 5 DIPLOMACY AND TRADE The Spanish reaction to Alcazar: the captive princes England and the cause of the Portuguese restoration The Barbary Company The Iberian union Cadiz and America The Moroccan embassy to England The sultan's memorandum Ahmad and El Dorado 6 THE CONQUEST OF WESTERN SUDAN Sudanese gold The Sahara The expedition 7 THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN IMPERIAL IDEOLOGY Marrakesh: the capital city and the palace Belief in the Mahdi 8 MESSIANISM AND THE RIVALRY WITH THE OTTOMANS The Millennium and the conquest of Western Sudan Moroccan rivalry with the Ottomans Plague, hunger and war CONCLUSION Sources and Bibliography Index
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