Recently I was going over the Almoravid dynasty, and happened on an interesting connection with a specific Ghanaian dynasty ruling in Spain.
A modern Sanhaja the type who spearheaded the Almoravid invasion,
As some of us know, the Almoravid started on the banks of the river Senegal under the leadership of the Sanhaja , after inflecting a mortal wound on
the Wagadu empire aka Ghana..which equates to gold
Ghana was the first major empire in west Africa an urban center with deep roots going back to the same time urban developments were being undertaken
on the Nile.
, later to be undone by ecological disaster and the rise of Mali.
Armored troops of West Africa the 10th century Ghanaian troops as well as their Almoravids rivals would similarly be outfitted.
we also know that troops, of the defeated nation volunteered themselves into the Almoravid empire, in much the same manner the Amazigh aka Berbers
took to Islam from the Arabs.
but what was surprising to me was ,they seemed to have kept their distinct ethnic identity among the Almoravid and having a dynasty under that ethnic
name of the Banu Ghaniya or people/ Children of Ghana.
matter of fact their dynasty founder was none other than Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Yusuf Ben Ghaniya. Who ruled the Balearic islands of Spain.
[Following the collapse of the Almoravid power at the hand of the Almohads in the 1140s, the Banu Ghaniya continued to govern the Balearic Islands as
independent emirs until about 1203, with a brief interruption in the 1180s. Later leaders (Ali ibn Ishaq and Yahya) made a determined attempt to
reconquer the Maghreb (and in particular Ifriqiya), taking Bougie, Constantine and Algiers, and conquering most of modern Tunisia from about 1180
They were influential in the downfall of the Almohad Empire in Eastern Maghrib. In Tunisia Ali ibn Ishaq adhered to the Abbasid Caliphate and was
formally appointed by Al-Mustadi with the title of "heir of the Almoravids".]
There is a new book out on West African empires that's going on my to read list.
Kinda pricey, buuut?? Time to treat my self.
A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa
Michael A. Gomez
Michael Gomez offers a flowing narrative of innovations between the tenth and sixteenth centuries, when Africa was ahead of many other places
around the world, and he provides a new understanding of caste, race, slavery, ethnicity, and gender as they evolved centuries ago. Brilliant,
fascinating, and original, this is a revolutionary book."--Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin
Note I did not get any part of this thread on this book, but I'm interested in this long over due update on the history of these west African
Klik the link for more.
edit on 7-1-2018 by Spider879 because: Fix broken link.