Taifa of Granada

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Taifa Kingdom of Granada
طائفة غرناطة
Reino Taifa de Granada


Taifa Kingdom of Granada, c. 1037.
Capital Granada
Languages Arabic, Berber languages, Mozarabic , Hebrew
Religion Islam, Roman Catholicism, Judaism
Government Monarchy
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Downfall of Caliphate of Córdoba 1013
 -  To the Almoravids 1090-1145
 -  Annexion to the Almohads 1145
Currency Dirham and Dinar

The Taifa of Granada (Arabic: طائفة غرناطة , Ta'ifa Garnata ) was a Moorish emirate in Al-Andalus, within the present day Granada Province in southern Spain. The emirate originated in 1013 and lasted until 1091.


"Garnata" or "Garnata al-Yahud" was a settlement next to the town the Christians called "Elvira", after the former Iberian name "Ilbira".


The nearby situated Iberian town of Elvira became the capital of the Al-Andalus Caliphate of Córdoba province. Civil conflicts that wracked the Caliphate in the early eleventh century led to the destruction of the city in 1010. Zawi ben Ziri, the Zirid was chief of one of the armies that took part in the Caliphate civil war that destroyed Medina Azahara in Córdoba, and later destroyed Medina Elvira. Under his leadership the Elvira townsmen abandoned the provincial capital and established themselves in the Jewish settlement of Gharnata al-Yahud, thereby founding the city of Granada. He founded the first Taifa of Granada kingdom and moved the capital from Elvira to Garnata al-Yahud.

The Zirid was a family from North Africa whose members became chiefs and kings in many other Islamic regions, such as in Ifriqiya.

The Taifa of Granada kingdom ended after conquest by the Almoravids in 1091, who took the territory and united it with others in their dynasty.

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Adhaid dynasty[edit]

Huddid dynasty[edit]

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Coordinates: 37°10′N 3°35′W / 37.167°N 3.583°W / 37.167; -3.583