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The Idrisids led by Idris I ibn Abdallah is a custom civilization mod by Grant. It is part of the Civilization V 10th Anniversary event.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Idrisids[]

The Idrisids were an Arab Muslim Dynasty in Morocco, ruling from 788 to 974. Named after the founder, Idris I, the Idrisids were an Alid and Hasanid dynasty, descended from Muhammad. The Idrisids are traditionally considered to be the founders of the first Moroccan Muslim state, setting the stage for subsequent dynasties and states centered in this region. Their reign played an important role in the early Islamization of Morocco and also presided over an increase in Arab immigration and Arabization in major urban centers.

Fleeing the Abbasid Caliphate to the east in the aftermath of the Battle of Fakhkh, Idris I first established himself in 788 at Volubilis in present-day Morocco with the help of local Berber allies. He and his son, Idris II, subsequently founded what became the city of Fez further east. Fez became the capital of an Idrisid state which ruled most of present-day Morocco and part of western Algeria. After Idris II's death, the realm was divided between his rival sons. After a period of conflict, the dynasty's authority resumed and remained relatively stable between 836 and 863. In the late 9th century, however, they faced repeated challenges and local opposition. In the 10th century the region came under the political domination of Zenata tribes who fought proxy battles on behalf of two rival powers in the region, the Fatimid Caliphate and the Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba. The Idrisids were definitively expelled from Fez in 927, but held onto to a reduced territory in the north of Morocco from their base at Hajar an-Nasr. They were finally defeated and removed from power in 974, and a brief attempt to regain power in 985 also failed.

Idris I[]

Idris was the great-grandchild of Hasan, who was the son of Fatimah and Ali and grandson of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. His brothers Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya and Ibrahim had been killed by the Abbasids during an abortive rebellion. Idris himself had participated in another Alid uprising in 786. After is defeat at the Battle of Fakhkh, he escaped and remained in hiding, before moving to Egypt. Assisted by the local head of the caliphal postal system, Wadih, he managed to leave Egypt and reach the Maghreb.In 789 he arrived in Walīla, the site of the Roman Volubilis. The headquarters lies just outside the walls of the Roman town, which was then occupied by the Berber tribe of the Awraba, under Ishaq ibn Mohammed. He married Kenza, of the Awraba, fathering a son, Idris II. This event is considered a consolidation and the birth of the Idrisid dynasty, the fourth Muslim State in Morocco after Nekor (710 - 1019), Barghawata (744 - 1058), and Midrar (757 - 976). According to Ibn Khaldoun, he was buried on the site. However, early in the Merinid period his tomb was discovered there, and moved to the town of Moulay Idriss near the hill of Zerhoun, where his tomb is found today.

Idris I conquered large parts of northern Morocco, his son Idris II made Fez the capital city of the Idrisid dynasty. In 789 AD, he captured Tlemcen (in modern-day Algeria) which became part of the kingdom. This succession of events prompted vengeance from the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid, who sent emissaries to kill him. Idris I was poisoned and died in 791. His son, Idris II, was brought up by the Awraba, and left Walīla for Fes in 808.

Dawn of Man[]

Morocco owes its existence to you, imam Moulay Idriss, descendent of Ali and founder of Fes. You escaped the bloody persecution of the Abbasids, founding a new dynasty, like your compatriots in Cordoba, from desert tribesman and Romans alike. It was under your rule that Islam swept through the far reaches of the Sahara, establishing Arab roots among the wild Berbers. You posed such a threat to the vast empire of Haroun Al-Rashid that he had you targeted for murder, but it was not before you had secured a dynasty, and a refuge for the sons of Ali, that would outlast the Abbasids themselves, that you succumbed to their plotting.


Leaderscreen by Grant

The world waits for your guidance. Will you raise believers from pagans? Can you turn the sands to cities of marble? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of Time?

Introduction: "God be with you. I am his loyal servant, Moulay Idriss, and here is the great city of Walili. We are establishing a new state in the name of Ali, will you join us?"

Defeat: "A dark day for Islam. But I will remind you; the world cannot be held up with swords alone. God will judge you for the crimes you have committed."

Unique Attributes[]

The Idrisids (Idris I)

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Acquiring CultureIcon Culture decreases the cost of FaithIcon Faith and Gold Gold buildings and generates FaithIcon Faith from friendly Citystate City-States. Receive Religion Religious Followers from exploring Ruins.


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Awraba Auxillary (Horseman)
  • Receive a free Awraba Auxiliary from conquering Citystate City-States that share your Religion Religion.
  • Attacking units on trade routes yields FaithIcon Faith, as well as Gold Gold and Influence Influence from nearby Citystate City-states.

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Madinah (Market)
  • Requires Walls.
  • Allows for the construction of Mosques if connected to a Holy City.
  • Provides +2 CultureIcon Culture for the Traderoute Trade Route owner.
City List
  1. Walili
  2. Madinat Fas
  3. Hajar an-Nasar
  4. Basra
  5. Tlemcen
  6. Aghmat
  7. Tangier
  8. Taza
  9. Araich Beni Arous
  10. Taroudant
  11. Asilah
  12. Tafilalt
  13. Sefrou
  14. Tamdoult
  15. Al-'Aliya
  16. Nfiss
  17. Sus al-Aksa
  18. Azemmour
  19. Tadla
  20. Baqdura
  21. Zerhoun
  22. Sebta
  23. Archgul
  24. Aïn Takourart
  25. Vendelawa
  26. Bahloula
  27. Mahjouba
  28. Mediouna
  29. Sidi Said
  30. Masmouna
  31. Lamta
Spy List
  • Atika
  • Kenza
  • Yahya
  • Jafaar
  • Hamza
  • Al-Qasim
  • Roqiya
  • Umar
  • Hassan
  • Ishaq



Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 28 September 2020


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