In the Islamic West

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In the Islamic West, after generations of political infighting among rival Islamic Amirs, the  Ummayad Abd al-Rahman III was able to establish himself a Caliph of a united polity. Centered  on Cordoba and Toledo, he and his vizir al-Mansur raided both the Shi'ite Fatimids as well as the  Christian neighbors at Barcelona, Burgos, Leon, and Santiago de Compostela. As for the  Christian states on the peninsula, from the 730s, the tiny Kingdom of Asturias, centered on  Oviedo in northern Spain, had soldiered on, exposed to continuous Muslim raiding. This was in  addition to Charlemagne's March in Catalonia on the Pyrenees. In the early 900s, the Asturias  king took advantage of Muslim infighting to move his capital south to Leon and the County of  Castile. Though not a Crusader-type state and content to work with Muslim amirs in order to  survive, its leaders began to attract freemen as colonists with generous offers of agricultural land  and tax rebates. Warring with Muslims when it suited them, Castilian leaders were not at this 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Ummayad Abd al­Rahman, Sassanian­Islamic conflict. Byzantium, rival Islamic Amirs, continuous Muslim raiding., points. Good relations, internal political unrest

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