Definition: The Almoravids were Berber in origin, and founded the fourth Muslim dynasty in Morocco in the 11th century. Under the rule of the Almoravids, Moorish territory was expanded to include Tlemcen and a great part of Spain and Portugal. Almoravid rule lasted until the middle of the 12th century.
Alternate Spellings: Almoravides
were at the height of their power in the early 12th century.
power began to wane when Castile and Leon were recaptured by Christians in 1139.