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Tariq ibn Ziyad

also known asCivilization:Moslem: Berber

Tarik, Taric ben Zeyad

Era: Moors
died 720Field of Renown:military: General
 Tariq laying his conquests at the feet of Musa.

Tariq was a Berber general in service to Musa ib Nusaair, the Arab General of North Africa. He is credited with leading the Moors to victory at the Battle of Guadalete, and following up his victory with the swift conquest of most of the rest of Spain. His success, however, made him subject to Musa's jealousy. For several years Tariq served as governor of the Moorish dominions of Hispania, but he was eventually replaced by Musa's son, and called to Damascus to give account. Although he ably defended himself against accusations by Musa, he was not restored to his former position, but instead died at the Umayyad Court in Damascus.

Tariq gave his name to the Rock of Gibralter, known in Arabic as Gibr Tariq, or the Rock of Tariq.

Key events during the life of Tariq ibn Ziyad

Year Event
710 Count Julian approaches Musa with an offer to surrender Ceuta for Moorish aid.
711 Berbers, led by Tariq prevail over Visigoths at the Battle of Guadalete
712 Appointed governor of Moorish conquests in Hispania.
714 Recalled to Damascus due to treachery, and in-fighting among Moors.
720 Death of Tariq.


Story LinksBook Links
Beginnings of Spain  in  Greatest Nations: Spain  by  Horne
Moorish Invasion  in  Romance of Spanish History  by  Abbott
The Moorish Conquest  in  Child's History of Spain  by  Bonner
Conquest of Spain by the Arabs  in  Story of Europe  by  Marshall
Battle of Guadalete  in  Historical Tales: 7—Spanish  by  Morris
Invasion from Africa  in  Spain: History for Young Readers  by  Ober
Table of Solomon  in  Historical Tales: 7—Spanish  by  Morris

Image Links
Tarik laying his conquests at the feet of Musa  in Greatest Nations: Spain

Contemporary Short Biography
Roderic Last king of Visogoth Spain. Died at the Battle of Guadalete.
Musa bin Nusair Umayyad governor of North Africa who instigated the Moslem invasion of the Iberian peninsula.
Abdul Aziz Son of an Umayyad governor who ruled briefly in Andalusia before being murdered for marrying Exilona, a Christian princess.