Taifa of Santa Maria do Algarve

The Taifa of Santa Maria do Algarve (Arabic: شنتمرية الغرب) was a medieval taifa Moorish kingdom or emirate located in what is now southern Portugal, that existed from 1018 to 1051. From 1051 until 1091, it was under the forcible control of Seville via Abbad II al-Mu'tadid.[1] Known as the Banu Harun, their descendants remained as Qadis of the city until its reconquest by Portugal in 1249, the last of whom being Aloandro Ben Bekar.

Taifa of Santa Maria do Algarve

Taifa Kingdom of Santa Maria do Algarve, c. 1037
CapitalSanta Maria do Algarve
Common languagesArabic, Mozarabic , Hebrew
Islam, Christianity (Roman Catholicism), Judaism
Historical eraMiddle Ages
 Conquered by the Taifa of Seville
CurrencyDirham and Dinar
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Taifa of Badajoz
Taifa of Seville
Today part of Portugal

List of Emirs

Harunid dynasty

  • Sa'id: c. 1018–1041/2
  • Muhammad al-Mu'tasim: 1041/2–1051

See also

  • List of Sunni Muslim dynasties


  • Rei, António (2011–2012). Descendência Hispânica do Profeta do Islão - Exploração de Algumas Linhas Primárias. Instituto Português de Heráldica.


  1. "Abbadid". Encyclopædia Britannica. I: A-Ak - Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, IL: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2010. pp. 8. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.

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