Yusuf al-Mu’taman ibn Hud

Died on 1085

Abu Amir Yusuf ibn Ahmad ibn Hud;

(Arabic: أبو عامر يوسف إبن أحمد إبن هود‎, romanized: Abū ʿĀmir Yūsuf ibn Aḥmad ibn Hūd; died c. 1085), known by his regnal name al-Mu’taman Billah (Arabic: المؤتمن بالله‎, romanized: al-Mūʿtaman bi-‘llāhlit. ‘Trustee through God’), was the third king of the Banu Hud dynasty who ruled over the Taifa of Zaragoza from 1081 to 1085.

Yusuf al-Mu’taman reigned during the height of power of Muslim Zaragoza, following the thriving period of his father Ahmad al-Muqtadir. He continued his father’s efforts and created around him a court of intellectuals, living in the beautiful palace of Aljafería, nicknamed as “the palace of joy”.

Al-Mu’taman was also a scholarly king and a patron of science, philosophy and arts. He knew astrology, philosophy, and especially mathematics, a discipline in which he wrote the most important treatise from al-Andalus, the Kitab al-Istikmal (“Book of Perfection”).

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