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Abd al-Rahman III, a prince of Córdoba, was born in 891 in Spain. He became emir of Córdoba when he was 21 years old.
During his 50 years of reign (as emir) he captured rebel 70 forts, succeeded in attacking Bobastro the heart of the rebellion in 928, and also captured Toledo the last Muslim territory that resisted his reign.
In 929 Abd al-Rahman took the title of caliph which mean "spiritual leader of his people" in the Muslim world. As a caliph, he wanted to be known as "He who fights Victoriously for the Religion of God.” However, not all Muslims believed he deserved the title of caliph.
Under Abd al-Rahman's rule the Umayyad Empire prospered. Some of his achievements were renovating the royal palace and the city's great mosque. He also built more libraries and public baths, and a new royal city named "Flower City" making Córdoba one of the most remarkable cultural center in Europe.
Abd al-Rahman the III was good at controlling the government. He was skilled at collecting taxes, governing military services, and managing laws. He claimed complete loyalty from his people including members of his family.
Abd al-Rahman III was successful in unifying Muslims, Jews, and Christians and making them live together harmoniously. His kingdom was strong and well respected. He died in 961.
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