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The Caliphate
of Córdoba (Arabic: خلافة قرطبة‎; trans. Khilāfat Qurṭuba) was a state in Islamic Iberia
along with a part of North Africa
North Africa
ruled by the Umayyad
dynasty. The state, with the capital in Córdoba, existed from 929 to 1031. The region was formerly dominated by the Umayyad
Emirate of Córdoba
Emirate of Córdoba
(756–929). The period was characterized by an expansion of trade and culture, and saw the construction of masterpieces of al-Andalus architecture. In January 929, Abd-ar-Rahman III
Abd-ar-Rahman III
proclaimed himself caliph (Arabic: خليفة) of Córdoba[2] in place of his original title, Emir
of Córdoba (Arabic: أمير قرطبة 'Amīr Qurṭuba). He was a member of the Umayyad
dynasty, which had held the title of Emir
of Córdoba since 756. The caliphate disintegrated during a civil war (the Fitna of al-Andalus) between the descendants of the last caliph, Hisham II, and the successors of his hayib (court official), Al-Mansur. In 1031, after years of infighting, the caliphate fractured into a number of independent Muslim taifa (kingdoms).[3]


1 Umayyad

1.1 Rise 1.2 Prosperity 1.3 Fall

2 Culture 3 Economy 4 Religion 5 Population 6 List of rulers

6.1 Umayyad
Emirs of Córdoba 6.2 Umayyad
Caliphs of Córdoba

7 See also 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 Further reading

Dynasty[edit] Rise[edit] Abd-ar-Rahman I
Abd-ar-Rahman I
became Emir
of Córdoba in 756 after six years in exile after the Umayyads lost the position of Caliph
in Damascus
to the Abbasids
in 750. Intent on regaining power, he defeated the area's existing Islamic rulers and united various local fiefdoms into an emirate.[4] Raids then increased the emirate's size; the first to go as far as Corsica
occurred in 806. The emirate's rulers used the title "emir" or "sultan" until the 10th century. In the early 10th century, Abd-ar-Rahman III
Abd-ar-Rahman III
faced a threatened invasion from North Africa
North Africa
by the Fatimids, a Shiite rival Islamic empire based in Cairo. Since the invading Fatimids claimed the caliphate, Abd-ar-Rahman III
Abd-ar-Rahman III
claimed the title of caliph himself.[5] Prior to Abd-ar-Rahman's proclamation as the caliph, the Umayyads generally recognized the Abbasid Caliph
of Baghdad
as being the rightful rulers of the Muslim community.[6] Even after repulsing the Fatimids, he kept the more prestigious title.[7] Although his position as caliph was not accepted outside of al-Andalus and its North African affiliates, internally the Spanish Umayyads considered themselves as closer to Muhammad, and thus more legitimate, than the Abbasids. Prosperity[edit] The caliphate enjoyed increased prosperity during the 10th century. Abd-ar-Rahman III
Abd-ar-Rahman III
united al-Andalus and brought the Christian kingdoms of the north under control by force and through diplomacy. Abd-ar-Rahman stopped the Fatimid
advance into caliphate land in Morocco
and al-Andalus. This period of prosperity was marked by increasing diplomatic relations with Berber tribes in North Africa, Christian kings from the north, and with France, Germany and Constantinople.[8] The death of Abd-ar-Rahman III
Abd-ar-Rahman III
led to the rise of his 46-year-old son, Al-Hakam II, in 961. Al-Hakam II
Al-Hakam II
continued his father's policy, dealing humanely with disruptive Christian kings and North African rebels. Al-Hakam's reliance on his advisers was greater than his father's.[9] Fall[edit] The death of al-Hakam II in 976 marked the beginning of the end of the caliphate. Before his death, al-Hakam named his 10-year-old son Hisham II (976–1008) successor. Although the child was ill-equipped to be caliph, since he had sworn an oath of obedience to him Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir (top adviser to al-Hakam, also known as Almanzor) pronounced him caliph. Ibn Abi Aamir was the boy's guardian, exercising Hisham's powers until he matured. He isolated Hisham in Córdoba while systematically eradicating opposition to his own rule,[10] allowing Berbers from Africa to migrate to al-Andalus to increase his base of support. He, his son Abd al-Malik (al-Muzaffar, after his 1008 death) and his brother (Abd al-Rahman) retained the power nominally held by Caliph
Hisham. However, during a raid on the Christian north a revolt tore through Córdoba and Abd al-Rahman never returned.[11][12] The decision to name Hisham II
Hisham II
caliph shifted power from an individual to his advisers. The title of caliph became symbolic, without power or influence. The Caliphate
would be rocked by violence, with rivals claiming to be the new caliph. The last Córdoban Caliph
was Hisham III (1027–1031). Beset by factionalism, the caliphate crumbled in 1031 into a number of independent taifas, including the Taifa
of Córdoba, Taifa
of Seville and Taifa
of Zaragoza. Culture[edit]

Interior of the Mezquita
(Mosque), one of the finest examples of Umayyad
architecture in Spain.

Córdoba was the cultural centre of al-Andalus.[13] Mosques, such as the Great Mosque, were the focus of many caliphs' attention. The caliph's palace, Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara
is on the outskirts of the city, and had many rooms filled with riches from the East. Córdoba was the intellectual centre of al-Andalus, with translations of ancient Greek texts into Arabic, Latin and Hebrew. The university in Córdoba became the most celebrated in the world. It was attended by Christian students from all Western Europe, as well as by Moors. The university produced one hundred and fifty authors. Other universities and libraries were scattered through Spain
during this golden age.[14] The library of Al-Ḥakam II was one of the largest libraries in the world, housing at least 400,000 volumes.[15] During the Caliphate period, relations between Jews and Arabs were cordial; Jewish stonemasons helped build the columns of the Great Mosque. Advances in science, history, geography, philosophy, and language occurred during the Caliphate.[16] Al-Andalus
was subject to eastern cultural influences as well. The musician Ziryab is credited with bringing hair and clothing styles, toothpaste, and deodorant from Baghdad
to the Iberian peninsula.[citation needed] Economy[edit] The economy of the caliphate was diverse and successful, with trade predominating. Muslim trade routes connected al-Andalus with the outside world via the Mediterranean. Industries revitalized during the caliphate included textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, and agriculture. The Arabs introduced crops such as rice, watermelon, banana, eggplant and hard wheat. Fields were irrigated with water wheels. Religion[edit]

Exterior of the Mezquita

The caliphate had an ethnically, culturally, and religiously diverse society. A minority of ethnic Muslims of Arab descent occupied the priestly and ruling positions, another Muslim minority were primarily soldiers and native Hispano-Gothic converts (who comprised most of the Muslim minority) were found throughout society. Jews comprised about ten percent of the population: little more numerous than the Arabs and about equal in numbers to the Berbers. They were primarily involved in business and intellectual occupations. The indigenous Christian Mozarab majority were Catholic Christians of the Visigothic rite, who spoke a variant of Latin close to Spanish, Portuguese or Catalan with an Arabic influence. The Mozarabs
were the lower strata of society, heavily taxed with few civil rights and culturally influenced by the Muslims. Ethnic Arabs occupied the top of the social hierarchy; Muslims had a higher social standing than Jews, who had a higher social standing than Christians. Christians and Jews were considered dhimmis, required to pay jizya (a tax for the wars against Christian kingdoms in the north).[17] The word of a Muslim was valued more than that of a Christian or Jew in court. Some offenses were harshly punished when a Jew or Christian was the perpetrator against a Muslim the even if offenses were permitted when the perpetrator was a Muslim and the victim a non-Muslim. Half of the population in Córdoba is reported to have been Muslim by the 10th century, with an increase to 70 percent by the 11th century. That was due less to local conversion than to Muslim immigration from the rest of the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
and North Africa. Combined with the mass expulsions of Christians from Córdoba after a revolt in the city, that explains why, during the caliphate, Cordoba was the greatest Muslim centre in the region. Jewish immigration to Córdoba also increased then. Population[edit] The population in 1000 AD is estimated to be around 7,000,000, out of a total of 9,000,000 on the Iberian Peninsula.[18][19] It is also estimated that the capital city held around 450,000 people, making it the largest city in Europe at the time.[20] List of rulers[edit] According to historians, the emirs and caliphs comprising the Umayyad dynasty in Al-Andalus
were the sons of concubine slaves (almost all Iberians from the north of the peninsula). The founder of the dynasty, Abd-ar-Rahman I, was the son of a Berber woman; his son (and successor as emir) had a Spanish mother.[21] A genetic study concluded that the genome of Hisham II, tenth ruler of the Umayyad
dynasty, "would have mostly originated from the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
and would not be more than 0.1% of Arab descent, although the Y chromosome would still be of fully Arab origin".[22][23] Umayyad
Emirs of Córdoba[edit]

Abd ar-Rahman I, 756–788 Hisham I, 788–796 al-Hakam I, 796–822 Abd ar-Rahman II, 822–852 Muhammad
I, 852–886 al-Mundhir, 886–888 Abdallah ibn Muhammad, 888–912 Abd ar-Rahman III, 912–929

Caliphs of Córdoba[edit]

Abd ar-Rahman III, as caliph, 929–961 Al-Hakam II, 961–976 Hisham II, 976–1008 Muhammad
II, 1008–1009 Sulayman II, 1009–1010 Hisham II, restored, 1010–1012 Sulayman II, restored, 1012–1016 Abd ar-Rahman IV, 1017

The Umayyad
dynasty was interrupted by the Hammudid dynasty:

Ali ibn Hammud al-Nasir, 1016–1018 Al-Qasim ibn Hammud al-Ma'mu, 1018–1021 Yahya ibn Ali ibn Hammud al-Mu'tali, 1021–1023 Al-Qasim ibn Hammud al-Ma'mu, 1023 (restored)

The Umayyad
dynasty returned to power:

Abd-ar-Rahman V, 1023–1024 Muhammad
III, 1024–1025 Interregnum of Yahya ibn Ali ibn Hammud al-Mu'tali, 1025–1026 Hisham III, 1026–1031

See also[edit]

Caliphate Emirate
of Córdoba History of Islam History of Gibraltar History of Algeria History of Portugal History of Morocco History of Spain List of Sunni Muslim dynasties Septimania timeline Umayyad
conquest of Hispania


^ Azizur Rahman, Syed (2001). The Story of Islamic Spain
(snippet view). New Delhi: Goodword Books. p. 129. ISBN 978-81-87570-57-8. Retrieved 5 September 2010. [Emir Abdullah died on] 16 Oct., 912 after 26 years of inglorious rule leaving his fragmented and bankrupt kingdom to his grandson ‘Abd ar-Rahman. The following day, the new sultan received the oath of allegiance at a ceremony held in the "Perfect salon" (al-majils al-kamil) of the Alcazar.  ^ Barton, Simon (2004). A History of Spain. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. p. 38. ISBN 0333632575.  ^ Chejne, Anwar G. (1974). Muslim Spain: Its History and Culture. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press. pp. 43–49. ISBN 0816606889.  ^ Barton, 37. ^ Barton, 38. ^ O'Callaghan, J. F. (1983). A History of Medieval Spain. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. pp. p.118. CS1 maint: Extra text (link) ^ Reilly, Bernard F. (1993). The Medieval Spains. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 84. ISBN 0521394368.  ^ Chejne, 35. ^ Chejne, 37–38. ^ Chejne, 38–40. ^ Chejne, 42–43. ^ Reilly, Bernard F. (1993). The Medieval Spains. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 87–89. ISBN 0521394368.  ^ Barton, 40–41. ^ Francis Preston Venable, A Short History of Chemistry (1894) p. 21. ^ "Information processing". Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 21 July 2016.  ^ Barton, 42. ^ "This day, Mary 15, in Jewish history". Cleveland Jewish News.  ^ Glick 1999, Chapter 5: Ethnic Relations. ^ "The rate of conversion is slow until the tenth century (less than one-quarter of the eventual total number of converts had been converted); the explosive period coincides closely with the reign of 'Abd al-Rahmdn III (912–961); the process is completed (eighty percent converted) by around 1100. The curve, moreover, makes possible a reasonable estimate of the religious distribution of the population. Assuming that there were seven million Hispano-Romans in the peninsula in 711 and that the numbers of this segment of the population remained level through the eleventh century (with population growth balancing out Christian migration to the north), then by 912 there would have been approximately 2.8 million indigenous Muslims (muwalladûn) plus Arabs and Berbers. At this point Christians still vastly outnumbered Muslims. By 1100, however, the number of indigenous Muslims would have risen to a majority of 5.6 million.", (Glick 1999, Chapter 1: At the crossroads of civilization) ^ Tertius Chandler, Four Thousand Years of Urban Growth: An Historical Census, Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1987. ISBN 0-88946-207-0. Figures in main tables are preferentially cited. Part of Chandler's estimates are summarized or modified at The Institute for Research on World-Systems; Largest Cities Through History by Matt T. Rosenberg; or The Etext Archives Archived 2008-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Chandler defined a city as a continuously built-up area (urban) with suburbs but without farmland inside the municipality. ^ Guichard, P. (1976). Al-Andalus: Estructura antropológica de una sociedad islámica en Occidente. Barcelona: Barral Editores. ISBN 8421120166.  ^ Ambrosio, B.; Hernandez, C.; Noveletto, A.; Dugoujon, J. M.; Rodriguez, J. N.; Cuesta, P.; Fortes-Lima, C.; Caderon, R. (2010). "Searching the peopling of the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
from the perspective of two Andalusian subpopulations: a study based on Y-chromosome haplogroups J and E". Collegium Antropologicum. 34 (4): 1215–1228. PMID 21874703.  ^ http://hrcak.srce.hr/file/94109


Ambrosio, B.; Hernandez, C.; Noveletto, A.; Dugoujon, J. M.; Rodriguez, J. N.; Cuesta, P.; Fortes-Lima, C.; Caderon, R. (2010). "Searching the peopling of the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
from the perspective of two Andalusian subpopulations: a study based on Y-chromosome haplogroups J and E". Collegium Antropologicum 34 (4): 1215–1228. Barton, Simon (2004). A History of Spain. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 0333632575. Chejne, Anwar G. (1974). Muslim Spain: Its History and Culture. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0816606889. Guichard, P. (1976). Al-Andalus: Estructura antropológica de una sociedad islámica en Occidente. Barcelona: Barral Editores. ISBN 8421120166 Reilly, Bernard F. (1993). The Medieval Spains. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521394368.

Further reading[edit]

Fletcher, Richard (2001). Moorish Spain
(Hardcover ed.). Orion. ISBN 1-84212-605-9. 

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