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The period of internal anarchy, which was initiated by religio/politco factors and class factions, left al Andalus deeply divided (1008 – 1030). Even more confusing to the populace were the seemingly temporary Muslim-Muslim alliances and the equally temporary Muslim-Christian alliances.

Aftasid

 

Out of this confusion emerged one taifa (Party Kingdom) controlled by the Aftas family (Aftasids). The Aftasid Dynasty selected Badajoz as their base, most likely due to the grand fortress that Marwan al Jilliqi had built in the ninth-century. The Aftasid taifa was based on a governor ship arrangement under the central government. This allowed the Aftasid taifa to extend far up the Guadiana River to Campo de Calatrana. The population of Badajoz was approximately 20,000 people at that time. The Aftas leaders were Abdallah (1022 – 1045 A.D.), Muhammad (1045 – 1068 A.D.), Umar and Yaha (1068 A.D.), and Umar alone (1069 – 1094 A.D.).

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