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The Nasrid dynasty ("Arabic: بنو نصرbanū Naṣr or banū al-Aḥmar) was the last "Arab "Muslim dynasty in "Iberia, ruling the "Emirate of Granada from 1230 until 1492.[1] The Nasrid dynasty rose to power after the defeat of the "Almohad Caliphate in 1212 at the "Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. Twenty-three "emirs ruled Granada from the founding of the dynasty in 1230 by "Muhammad I until January 2, 1492, when "Muhammad XII surrendered to the Christian Spanish kingdoms of "Aragon and "Castile. Today, the most visible evidence of the Nasrids is the "Alhambra palace complex built under their rule

Coat of Arms of the Emirate of Granada on a wall in the "Alhambra, Nasrid dynasty (1013-1492)
Contemporary coat of arms (upper right) of the Nasrid dynasty of Grenada with garbled Arabic inscription ("Wernigerode Armorial).



The Nasrid dynasty was descended from the "Arab "Banu Khazraj tribe,[2] and claimed direct male-line descent from "Sa'd ibn Ubadah, the chief of the tribe and one of the "companions of the Islamic prophet "Muhammad. The nasab of Yusuf (nicknamed "al-Ahmar", meaning "the Red").[3]

Conflicts of succession and civil war[edit]

During the time the Christians were launching a campaign against the Emirate of Granada that would effectively end the Nasrid dynasty, the Nasrids were engaged in a civil war over the throne of Granada. When "Abu l-Hasan Ali the reigning emir was ousted by his son "Muhammad XII. Abu l-Hasan Ali retreated to "Málaga and civil war broke out between the competing factions. Christians took full advantage of this and continued capturing Muslim strongholds. Muhammed XII was caught by Christian forces in 1483 at "Lucena. He was freed after he swore an oath of allegiance to "Ferdinand and "Isabella. Abu l-Hasan Ali finally abdicated in favor of his brother "Al-Zaghal (the valiant) and a power struggle with Abu 'Abd Allah (Muhammad XII) continued. Al-Zaghal prevailed in the inner struggle but was forced to surrender to the Christians. Abu 'Abd Allah (Muhammad XII) was given a lordship in the "Alpujarras mountains but instead took financial compensation from the Spanish crown to leave the Iberian Peninsula.[4]


The Nasrid dynasty was the longest ruling Muslim dynasty in the Iberian Peninsula. Reigning for more than 250 years from the establishment of the Emirate of Granada in 1230, to its annexation by the '"Catholic Monarchs' in 1492. The Nasrids constructed the "Alhambra palace in "Granada.

Family tree[edit]

The family tree below shows the genealogical relationship between each sultan of the Nasrid dynasty.[5] It starts with their common ancestor, Yusuf al-Ahmar. Daughters are omitted, as are sons whose descendants never reigned. During times of rival claims to the throne, the family tree generally recognizes the sultan who controlled the city of Granada itself and the Alhambra palace.


List of Nasrid sultans of Granada[edit]

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First dynasty (al-dawla al-ghalibiyya):[6]

Second dynasty (al-dawla al-isma'iliyya al-nasriyya):[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miranda 1970, p. 429.
  2. ^ Hitti, Philip K. (2002). History of The Arabs. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 549. "ISBN "9781137039828. 
  3. ^ Fierro, Maribel. Ways of Connecting With the Past: Genealogies in Nasrid Granada. pp. 71–88. "doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644971.003.0006. 
  4. ^ Barton, Simon (2009). A History of Spain. London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 104. "ISBN "978-0-230-20012-8. 
  5. ^ "Lane-Poole, Stanley (1894). The Mohammedan Dynasties: Chronological and Genealogical Tables with Historical Introductions. Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company. p. 29. "OCLC 1199708. 
  6. ^ a b Fernández-Puertas 1997, p. 4.


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