Lost Kingdoms of Africa:The Berber Kingdom of Morocco

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From the two part BBC series Lost Kingdoms Of Africa, hosted by Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, which aired earlier this year. In this episode they start with Ibn Yasin and the rise of the Almoravids (a movement I'm very interested in), and explain the centuries long development of NW Africa.

Programming Note:

We know less about Africa's distant past than almost anywhere else on Earth. But the scarcity of written records doesn't mean Africa lacks history. It is found instead in the culture, artefacts, and traditions of the people. Art historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores some of the richest and most vibrant histories in the world, revealing fascinating stories of complex and sophisticated civilisations: The Kingdom of Asante; The Zulu Kingdom; The Berber Kingdom of Morocco; The Kingdoms of Bunyoro & Buganda.

It's easy to think of Islamic North Africa as Arab, rather than African. But the land that is now Morocco once lay at the centre of a vast African Kingdom that stretched from northern Spain to the heart of West Africa. It was created by African Berbers, and ruled for centuries by two dynasties that created tremendous wealth, commissioned fabulous architecture, and promoted sophisticated ideas. But art historian Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford reveals how the very forces that forged the kingdom ultimately helped to destroy its indigenous African identity.
 
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My only criticism would be the way they went from Ibn Yasin to Yusuf ibn Tashfin. I think its clear Abu Bakr played a critical role in the development of Morocco. He not only conquered Aghmat and began the building at the site of Marrakesh, he also pacified their southern frontier and effectively gave Yusuf his power. Abu Bakr's wars were arguably the single greatest factor in terms of propagating Islam in the Sahel and savannahs. Not that he conquered Ghana or any of the fanciful stories were led to believe. But he did expedite the process of Islamization, I would say, even more so than the Arabs and Dula traders operating in the region since at least the ninth century.
 
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The Romans very much piggy-backed off the Punics. The Latin provinces enjoyed relative peace and tranquility for centuries, even as the rest of the empire crumbled.
 

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