Yūsuf b. Tās̲h̲ufīn
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or Tās̲h̲fīn , Abū Yaʿḳūb , the real founder of the Almoravid dynasty [see al-murābiṭūn ] in North Africa (r. 453-500/1061-1106). According to tradition, he was born in 400/ 1009-10, but nothing at all is known of him until 453/ 1061 when his cousin Abū Bakr b. ʿUmar made him his lieutenant before himself returning to the Sahara to suppress a revolt. Yūsuf was a Berber from the Banū Turgut (Turguit) of the Ṣanhād̲j̲a [q.v.]. He married the beautiful and redoubtable Zaynab al-Nafzawiyya, and on her advice, cleverly got rid of his cousin and completed the conquest of M…

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Halima Ferhat, “Yūsuf b. Tās̲h̲ufīn”, 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 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8042>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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