By Mercedes García-Arenal
The writer of this e-book makes an attempt to convey to bigger awareness to begin with Morocco and secondly a guy who he considers to be essentially the most very important of all of the Sultans in Morocco's historical past Ahmad al-Mansur. The e-book is a good try out at placing the various nice Moroccan leaders up there with the likes of Muhammad the second one or Sulayman the significant or Babur the Moghul and during this appreciate he has no longer performed a foul effort.
Where the ebook does fall brief although, is within the first bankruptcy the place he supplies some distance an excessive amount of recognition to Bernard Lewis and the truth that Lewis doesn't reflect on Morocco to be a massive nation for "Us" to check as its now not within the direct political sphere of the center East. Now firstly who really cares what Lewis thinks? Secondly the books of Lewis are hardly ever even learn over in this part of the pond and are most likely in basic terms learn by means of neocons who imagine the area could be put into neat little packing containers at the different part of the pond. Thirdly Lewis's books are jam-packed with sloppy old examine and easily learn like a guy who sells to the general public no matter what is well-liked by the media those days.
The writer notwithstanding, has written the e-book in any such readable variety its just like interpreting a unique instead of a old biography. you're not slowed down with unending dates, battles, names you unfastened song of and occasions you get previous being concerned approximately by the point you're midway in the course of the booklet. fairly you're given a few short history then instantly into the lifestyles and occasions of the guy. whereas it has the good thing about making the booklet very readable the disadvantage is you would need to comprehend a good bit approximately background to actually enjoy it. for instance you would need to learn about the Portuguese king who misplaced his lifestyles struggling with in Morocco and the impact it had at the Portuguese empire. the increase of the Ottomans and their keep an eye on of the japanese mediterranean. The Corsairs of Algeria. In one other phrases, the writer is hoping you both comprehend your heritage otherwise you locate his booklet so pleasing you dont fairly care.
As I say the publication covers Ahmad al-Mansurs lifestyles and occasions from his exile within the Ottoman empire to his go back and assuming energy in Morocco. Its attention-grabbing to notice that Ahmad was once anything of a good learn guy specially in Sufism even though whereas the 1st 1/2 the ebook will fill you with admiration for the fellow in how he controlled to engineer his kingdom right into a tender stability among the Ottomans and the Spanish via the tip you cant support feeling anything of revulsion for his brutal remedy of his personal voters, his really unnecessary invasion of the Muslim state of Songhai (Particularly the brutal slaughter of the Muslim swordsmen of Songhai whose cries of "We are your Muslim brothers" have been met through rifle hearth and Moroccan and Andalusian troops robbing the corpses in their gold jewelry).
Ahmed's quite unnecessary concept that he might be considered as the rightful chief of the Muslims regardless of the all to visible Ottoman empire sitting on his doorstep and the one conquests he had controlled to complete used to be a slaughter of his coreligionists who have been armed simply with swords and spears. His doubtful rules of reconquest in Spain and Portugal which have been fairly evidently going to return to not anything. It doesn't seem that he even troubled to arm the Corsairs of Sale to bother the Spanish fleets on the way to achieve even a few status or maybe attempt to retake land misplaced in Morocco to the Spanish. what's fascinating is the writer stating that even supposing the Corsairs economically benefited the ocean ports they contributed little or no to the rustic. such a lot in their ships have been seized (The pope forbid the sale of trees to Muslim lands) they'd no shipyards to talk of or focused round the ports so as soon as the pirating died out so did the ports) in truth by way of the top of the ebook you will likely be pondering that he used to be a few form of megalomaniac with goals a long way past what he may ever desire to achieve.
An very good index is usually incorporated during this publication with plenty of different additional studying.
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There are also letters from al-Mansur in which he names two of his daughters with terms of endearment. Al-Mansur was close to his own mother, Mesuda. Like her, Muley Ahmad was fascinated by architecture and the construction of beautiful buildings, many of which survive in his capital, Marrakesh. There is no record in the sources of debauchery, affairs with slaves or cruelty, though reports of such behaviour abound in the records of the lives of his sons. Indeed, three of his sons – Zidan, Abu Faris and Muhammad alShaykh – would quarrel over the throne after his death in 1603.
Books on Sufism or written by Sufi masters were among his favourites. Ahmad’s magnificent library grew to be one of his most precious possessions, and was inherited upon his death by his son Muley Zidan. In 1616,when Zidan was forced to leave the city of Marrakesh (at that time under siege by a rebel commander of armed forces opposed to the dynasty), he decided to take his personal belongings 38 AHMAD AL-MANSUR out of the city and put them on a ship in the port of Safi for safe transport to the north of the country, which remained loyal to him.
In 1579, soon after he inherited the throne, Ahmad named his eldest son, Muhammad al-Shaykh al-Ma’mun, as his successor and appointed him governor of Fez. He seems to have loved Muhammad deeply. Muhammad al-Shaykh’s mother was Khayzuran, a black concubine, who was also beloved by the sultan and was mother to another of his sons, Abu Faris. He named a pavilion at the palace of al-Badi‘ after her. Later, he appointed three other sons to governorships of different regions of the country. There are also letters from al-Mansur in which he names two of his daughters with terms of endearment.
Ahmad al-Mansur (Makers of the Muslim World) by Mercedes García-Arenal