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Title:New evidence on the life of 'Abdullah B. Yasin and the origins of the Almoravid movement
Author:Norris, H.T.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Maghreb
Subjects:Almoravid polity
biographies (form)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180882
Abstract:The Beirut text of the Kitab al-Madarik, one of the masterpieces of the Qadi 'Iyad of Ceuta (d. A.D. 1149), is of the greatest interest and value to both Arabists and historians interested in North Africa. An immense source of biographical material in Arabic is now accessible, some for the first time. Among these biographies is a short, fascinating, entry on the life and personality of 'Abdullah b. Yasin al-Gazuli, the founder of the Almoravid movement. In this biography, the Qadi 'Iyad confirms many details in al-Bakri's record of the rise of the Almoravidsl his account differs in a few important respects, and furnishes new information which is valuable in re-assessing the life of 'Abdullah b. Yasin. Notes, genealogical diagram, summary.