History of the Moorish Empire in Europe, Volume 2

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Lippincott, 1904 - Arabs
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Page 313 - ... attachment and confirm the allegiance of a people passionately devoted to the stirring excitements of war. But so capricious and disloyal was the African, that neither the enjoyment of present favor nor the expectation of future benefit could insure his fidelity. He was wholly careless of the advantages of civilization. His superstition made him the facile dupe of every impostor. The Almohade sovereigns lived in constant apprehension of dethronement. If they left Africa for Spain, the desert...
Page 192 - ... occupied, in turn, the capitals of Fez and Mequinez, and, dissatisfied with their surroundings, or craving distinction in a new field, he began the construction of the city of Morocco as a residence for the dynasty he had founded. Summoned unexpectedly to the borders of the Desert to suppress a rebellion, he left the administration of the empire in the hands of his cousin, Yusuf-Ibn-Tashfin. This chieftain, destined to enduring celebrity as the deliverer and conqueror of Spain, had already passed...
Page 196 - If it is the will of Allah that I should be deprived of my kingdom and become the slave of a foreigner, I would rather be a cameldriver in Africa than a swineherd in Seville." This striking argument broke down all objections to Yusuf. To punish a Moslem captive the Christians would sometimes make him a swineherd, the deadliest of all insults. Yusuf promptly accepted the overtures, promising to leave as soon...

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