(Abd al-Aziz ibn Musa)d. 716
|THE MOORISH GATE AT SEVILLE|
Abdul Aziz was the first governor
of the Moorish provinces in Hispania, known by the Moslems as Al-Andalus
He was the son of Musa ibn Nusair, the Umayyid governor of North Africa, and
in 712 accompanied his father when he led a second army into Hispania, shortly
after the successful invasion of Tariq. This was to assure that Musa's family,
rather than Tariq, would profit by the conquest.
Aziz was appointed Governor of Al-Andalus, and set up his capital at Seville.
Soon afterward, he married Exilona, a Christian
princess who had briefly been married to Roderic, the Visigoth king. This
marriage was to cause him difficulties because enemies of his family
used it against him, and charged him with both treachery and apostacy.
Eventually he was decapitated and his head was sent to his father in Damascus.
Key events during the life of Abdul Aziz:
||Accompanied his father on an expedition to Hispania.
||Appointed first governor of Al-Andalusa.
||Marriage to Christain Princess, Exilona.
||Murder and beheading by rival Moslems.
||Last king of Visigoth Spain. Died at the Battle of Guadalete.
||Christian wife of Visigoth king Roderick who later married son of Moorish governor
||Visigoth general who used a ruse in order to make peace with the Moorish conquerors.