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Banū , family of Ṣanhād̲j̲a Berbers who, in the Almohad epoch (6th/12th century), attempted to restore the Almoravids in North Africa.

The feminine name G̲h̲āniya which designates them is that of an Almoravid princess who was given in marriage by the Almoravid sultan Yūsuf b. Tās̲h̲fīn to ʿAlī b. Yūsuf, head of the family. He had two sons by her, Yaḥyā and Muḥammad. Yaḥyā fought victoriously against Alfonso the Battler, king of Aragon (528/1133), and was governor of Murcia and Valencia. Thirteen years he successfull…

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Marçais, G., “G̲h̲āniya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2461>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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