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            Yusuf ibn Tashufin, as he was originally requested, departed Iberia and returned to his nomadic Berber tribe; the Almoravids.

It later became apparent to Yusuf that the Muslim leaders of Iberia had once again fallen into the soft and secular lifestyle that did not reflect his conservative Islamic beliefs. Yusuf, realizing that Alfonso VI was reestablishing his hold on Iberia, once again invaded it (1090 A.D.).

Yusuf recognized the importance of Alfonso VI’s advantage in holding the fort at Aledo. Yusuf led a combined force (his troops and Islamic al Andalus troops) to that fort. After several months of holding siege on Aledo Yusuf retreated to Lorca. Alfonso VI, realizing that he could no longer defend Aledo, tore it to the ground, unintentionally allowing Yusuf to meet his goal of keeping the fort out of Alfonso’s hands.
The Aledo


            Yusuf ibn Tashufin then marched on Badajoz, murdered the Aftas family and eventually took control of Islamic Iberia. The Almoravids soon fell prey to the flourishing and luxuriant al Andalus. They, like the party kings, failed to take the considerations of the populace seriously. This plus the loss of will by the Almoravid rulers led to conflict within the Islamic communities which invited both Christian and Almohad invasions.

The Christian invasions consisted of Alfonso I of Aragon marching on southern Spain in 1125 A.D. and Alfonso III of Castile followed with an invasion of the same area in 1133. The populace of al Andalus, unpleased with these invasions, rebelled against their Almoravid leaders in 1144 A.D.. The Almohads, a group of Berbers who practiced herding in the Atlas mountains of Northern Africa, invaded al Andalus in great numbers in 1146 A.D..


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