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Berber dynasty that followed the Almohad dynasty in North Africa in the 13th–15th centuries. The Marinids were a tribe of the Zanatah group, which was allied to the Umayyads in Córdoba. In 1248 a Marinid leader, Abu Yahya, captured Fès and made it the Marinid capital. The capture of Marrakech (1269) made the Marinids the masters of Morocco. They waged inconclusive war in Spain and Africa that gradually depleted their resources, reducing the realm to anarchy in the 15th century. Sa'di sharifs captured Fès in 1554.
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