Muhammad I of Granada, the founder the last Spanish Muslim kingdom, was also known by the name "Ibn al-Ahmar" ("son of al-Ahmar") The dynasty he founded, the Nasrid dynasty, was also known as "Banu al-Ahmar" ("children of al-Ahmar").

It seems that ''ahmar'' simply means "red" in Arabic. How did Muhammad I and the dynasty come to be associated with these names?

  • Did you mean how or why Muhammad of Granada was called Ibn al-Ahmar or just simply, as asked, what does Ahmar mean? – J Asia Aug 27 '17 at 3:02
  • @JAsia The how or why. I already found the meaning of the word itself. I clarified the question description – user69715 Aug 27 '17 at 3:12
  • Perhaps worth noting that "al Ahmar" remains today a well known clan in Yemen. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 28 '17 at 2:57

Muhammad ibn Yusuf ibn Nasr (1195–1273) is also known as 'al-Ahmar' because of his clan name, Banu al-Ahmar. Hence, the Nasrid dynasty is also referred to as Banu Nasr or Banu al-Ahmar.

You can see this here:

  • I am already aware of the clan's name (see question description). If you argue that ibn al-Ahmar's name is because of the clan name (and not the other way around), then can you also explain why the clan was known as "Banu al-Ahmar"? – user69715 Aug 27 '17 at 3:43
  • Nope, I cannot say why (difficult to for a name) but is clearly their genealogy of Nasr - Brill's Referenceworks link – J Asia Aug 27 '17 at 3:57
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    And no, I am not arguing anything. Just presenting the info. You will know if I argue. – J Asia Aug 27 '17 at 4:03

The Banū l-Aḥmar have their name quite simply from a real or fictitious ancestor with the name (or nick name) al-Aḥmar “the ruddy one”.

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    It would be great to see some quotes and sources that tell the story in your answer. – Spencer Aug 27 '17 at 14:22

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