Wattasid dynasty

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Wattasid dynasty

الوطاسيون - al-waṭṭāsīyūn
ⵉⵡⴻⵟⵟⴰⵙⴻⵏ - Iweṭṭāsen
1472–1554
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Map of the Wattasid sultanate (dark red) and its vassal states (light red)
Status Ruling dynasty of Morocco
Capital Fez
Common languages Berber languages, Arabic
Religion
Islam (Sunni)
Government Monarchy
Sultan  
 1472-1504
Abu Abd Allah al-Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yahya
 1504-1526
Abu Abd Allah al-Burtuqali Muhammad ibn Muhammad
History 
 Established
1472
 Disestablished
1554
Currency Dirham
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Flag of Morocco 1258 1659.svg Marinid dynasty
Saadi dynasty Flag of Morocco 1258 1659.svg

The Wattasid dynasty (Berber languages : ⵉⵡⴻⵟⵟⴰⵙⴻⵏ, Iweṭṭasen; Arabic : الوطاسيون, al-waṭṭāsīyūn) was a ruling dynasty of Morocco. Like the Marinid dynasty, its rulers were of Zenata Berber descent. [1] The two families were related, and the Marinids recruited many viziers from the Wattasids. [1] These viziers assumed the powers of the Sultans, seizing control of the Marinid dynasty's realm when the last Marinid, Abu Muhammad Abd al-Haqq, who had massacred many of the Wattasids in 1459, was murdered during a popular revolt in Fez in 1465.

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Abu Abd Allah al-Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yahya was the first Sultan of the Wattasid Dynasty. He controlled only the northern part of Morocco, the south being divided into several principalities. The Wattasids were finally supplanted in 1554, after the Battle of Tadla, by the Saadi dynasty princes of Tagmadert who had ruled all of southern Morocco since 1511.

Abu Abd Allah al-Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yahya was the first Wattasid Sultan of Morocco and King of Fez between 1472 and 1504.

Battle of Tadla

The Battle of Tadla occurred in September 1554 in Tadla, Morocco, between Ali Abu Hassun, last ruler of the Wattasid dynasty, and Mohammed ash-Sheikh, ruler of the Saadis.

Saadi dynasty an Moorish empire

The Saadi dynasty or Saadian dynasty was an Arab Moroccan dynasty, which ruled Morocco from 1549 to 1659.

Overview

Morocco endured a prolonged multifaceted crisis in the 15th and early 16th centuries brought about by economic, political, social and cultural issues. Population growth remained stagnant and traditional commerce with the far south was cut off as the Portuguese occupied all seaports. At the same time, the towns were impoverished, and intellectual life was on the decline.

History

Morocco was in decline when the Amazigh Wattasids assumed power. The Wattasid family had been the autonomous governors of the eastern Rif since the late 13th century, ruling from their base in Tazouta (near present-day Nador). They had close ties to the Marinid sultans and provided many of the bureaucratic elite. While the Marinid dynasty tried to repel the Portuguese and Spanish invasions and help the kingdom of Granada to outlive the Reconquista, the Wattasids accumulated absolute power through political maneuvering. When the Marinids became aware of the extent of the conspiracy, they slaughtered the Wattasids, leaving only Abu Abd Allah al-Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yahya alive. He went on to found the Kingdom of Fez and establish the dynasty to be succeeded by his son, Mohammed al-Burtuqali, in 1504.

Rif Mountain range in Morocco

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Nador City in Oriental, Morocco

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The Wattasid rulers failed in their promise to protect Morocco from foreign incursions and the Portuguese increased their presence on Morocco's coast. Mohammad al-Chaykh's son attempted to capture Asilah and Tangier in 1508, 1511 and 1515, but without success.

Asilah Place in Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Morocco

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Tangier City in Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Morocco

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In the south, a new dynasty arose, the Saadian dynasty, which seized Marrakesh in 1524 and made it their capital. By 1537 the Saadis were in the ascendent when they defeated the Portuguese Empire at Agadir. Their military successes contrast with the Wattasid policy of conciliation towards the Catholic kings to the north.

Marrakesh Prefecture-level city in Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco

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Agadir Place in Souss-Massa, Morocco

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As a result, the people of Morocco tended to regard the Saadians as heroes, making it easier for them to retake the Portuguese strongholds on the coast, including Tangiers, Ceuta and Maziɣen. The Saadians also attacked the Watttasids who were forced to yield to the new power. In 1554, as Wattasid towns surrendered, the Wattasid sultan, Ali Abu Hassun, briefly retook Fez. The Saadis quickly settled the matter by killing him and, as the last Wattasids fled Morocco by ship, they too were murdered by pirates.

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El Jadida Place in Casablanca-Settat, Morocco

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Ali Abu Hassun politician

Ali Abu Hassun, also Abu al Hasan Abu Hasun or Abu Hasun, full name Abu al-Hasan Abu Hasun Ali ibn Muhammad, was a Regent of the Crown of Morocco for the Wattasid dynasty, during the 16th century.

The Wattasid did little to improve general conditions in Morocco following the Reconquista. It was necessary to wait for the Saadians for order to be reestablished and the expansionist ambitions of the kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula to be curbed.

Coinage

Known Wattasid coins include a few extremely rare gold coins and also square silver dirhams and half dirhams, still following the Almohad Caliphate standard of roughly 1.5 grams. [2]

The dynasty

Wattasid Viziers

Wattasid Sultans

Chronology of events

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 C.E. Bosworth, The New Islamic Dynasties, (Columbia University Press, 1996), 48.
  2. Album, Stephen. A Checklist of Islamic Coins, Second Edition, January 1998, Santa Rosa, CA
Royal house
House of Banu Wattas
Preceded by
Idrisid dynasty
Joutey branch
Ruling house of Morocco
1472 – 1554
Succeeded by
Saadi dynasty