ABD AR-RAHMAN II died peacefully in
In 880 there was a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in
If this was not enough the Christian King Ordońo I and then his successor Alfonso
There were constant internal Arab revolts which lead to the new free city now known as Badajoz being set up in 875 by a rebel officer Ibn Marwan because Muhammed was unable to quell the revolt. Muhammed died in 886 and was succeeded by his son Al-Mundhir who ruled for just two years before being murdered.
His younger brother Abdullah ibn Muhammad a little too conveniently ascended the throne instead. There were rumours he had killed his brother to claim the throne.
During Emir Abdullah ibn Muhammad’s 24 year reign civil war continued with the kingdoms of Jaen and Granada lost, then won back, then lost again to a man called Umar Ibn Hafsun.
These were bloody times and captured Christians were massacred but Moslems were pardoned. The Emirs son Muhammed who was next in line to be Emir was assassinated by Al-Mutarrif another of Emir Abdullah’s sons on suspicion of helping the rebel Umar Ibn Hafsun.
Al-Mutarrif in turn was then executed in 895 apparently on his fathers’ orders. Abdullah died in 912, and his grandson, Mohammed’s son became the new Emir Abd ar-Rahman
I don’t suppose there were many family choices left but history shows it was an inspired choice.
Mixed marriages and unions were common, and Abd ar-Rahman
In his youth the grandson was the Emirs favourite who allowed him to live in his own tower and to sit on the throne on festive occasions, things his own sons were not allowed to do.
Before the Emir died in 912 he passed him his ring as a symbol of power and he became the new Emir ruling for almost 50 years from
The fortifications were destroyed leaving just enough standing to house a new governor and his troops.
Ecija was formerly a huge Roman town called Astigi and was one of the best preserved until all the archaeological remains were bulldozed in 1998 on the orders of a Mayor Pernia to make way for a municipal car park. Abd ar-Rahman