Re-thinking the Almoravids, re-thinking Ibn Khaldun

  title={Re-thinking the Almoravids, re-thinking Ibn Khaldun},
  author={R. Messier},
  journal={The Journal of North African Studies},
  pages={59 - 80}
  • R. Messier
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • The Journal of North African Studies
  • The rise and fall of the Almoravids is sometimes seen as conforming to Ibn Khaldun's paradigm for the rise and fall of dynasties. As the Almoravids moved from desert to city, a virtue to corruption narrative seems to unfold and, to some degree, their story does fit the pattern. According to Ibn Khaldun, dynasties originate among desert tribes because the desert breeds those qualities that a ruler needs: the virtues of discipline and endurance, courage and combat, temperance and loyalty. These… CONTINUE READING
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