October 31, 2021

Islamic art history: the Marinid dynasty

Islamic art history: the Marinid dynasty

In 1248, the Marinids, under the rule of Abu Yahya, established their capital in Fez after capturing it. Then, in 1269, with Abu Yusuf Yaqub as their leader, they seized Marrakesh, the Almohad dynasty's central seat. Thus, the Marinids replaced the Almohads in Morocco and also in some other parts of northern Africa.

During that period, Islamic art went through a lot of development. One of which is the use of complex constellation type ornaments. Some remarkable works produced by the Marinid dynasty are the Al-Attarine Madrasa (1323-1325) and the Sahrij Madrasa (1321-1323) in Fes, The Bou Inania Madrasa in both Meknes (1331-1351) and Fez (1350-1355).

Between the 13th and 15th centuries, Islamic art reached its zenith. Two leading dynasties of that period were the Marinids in Morocco and the Nasrids in al Andalus. Both of them produced remarkable works of art.

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