Italian Wars - Ultimate | Hafsid Caliphate
Leader: Caliph Muhammad V
The dynasty of the Hafisds, once an influential and true vassal of the Almohads, gained independence in the early 13th century, by pure calculation and the advantage of current unrests. The Hafsid Caliphs ruled the Ifrīqiya, which includes Tunisia, Algeria, and Tripolitania. The dominated even Morocco temporarily. But bitter backstrokes lead to a decline, also the rigorous advance by the European powers against the Hafsid piracy. Internal struggles did the rest, along with the independence efforts of several local tribesmen. Only a strong and determined Caliph will be able to lead the Hafisds to their former greatness.
Strength: Relies on swift cavalry and African mercenaries.
Weakness: Lacks heavy infantry and professional troops.
Historic unit: Janawa
The souks, traditional market districts, are the heart of every Arab city. Each craft branch and each guild has its own street, and the narrow and crowded streets are full of life. Here is the center of local and oversea trade, as well as the financial and credit system. The prosperity of the whole of Ifriqiya is based on the souks. Merchants, who have learned their craft here, can subsist everywhere and do not need to be afraid of hostile takeovers.
The Madrasat al-Ma'rad translated “place of study”, was built in 1295 by Muhammad II. It has become a well-known stronghold of learning throughout the Muslim world. Only the most pious and learned believers may enjoy the privilege to hear the word of Allah and study the correct interpretation of the Koran. This facility produces the most able imams the Muslim world has ever seen.
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Descriptions - Marlborough
UI - Hyretic
Elvasat's Shield Textures
Battle Banner - Deatheye
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