Curiosity about Tariq ibn Ziyad (Ship Invasion of Iberia)

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Ṭāriq ibn Ziyād, was a Berber commander who served the Umayyad Caliphate and initiated the Muslim Umayyad conquest of Visigothic Hispania (present-day Spain and Portugal) in 711–718 AD. He led an army and crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from the North African coast, consolidating his troops at what is today known as the Rock of Gibraltar. The name "Gibraltar" is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Ṭāriq (جبل طارق), meaning "mountain of Ṭāriq", which is named after him.

His story served as inspiration for G.R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" Fantasy Work.

When the Valyrians conquered the Rhoyne, Queen Nymeria fled and led 10,000 ships across the Narrow Sea to conquer Dorne. She married Lord Mors Martell and burned his ships to prevent her people from returning to Essos. Subsequently, the six petty kings of Dorne were defeated by the Rhoynish and Martell forces and were sent to the Wall.
This story seems remarkably similar to Tariq Ibn Ziyad's conquest of the Iberian Peninsula (present-day Spain and Portugal). He was a Muslim commander who sailed from Morocco to Spain and defeated King Roderic in battle by making an alliance with a nobleman named Julian. After reaching the Spanish coast, he burned his ships and then said the famous phrase:
Oh my warriors, where would you flee? Behind you is the sea, before you is the enemy. You have now left only the hope of your courage and your constancy.

In short, the similarities are:
• They burned their ships to prevent their armies from returning to the East.
• Made an alliance with a Lord/Noble to defeat the King(s).
• Sailed from east to west in a short passage (strait sea and Mediterranean Sea/Strait of Gibraltar). Although in reality Tariq went from the South to the North, he went from the eastern Muslim empire to "western" Europe. The name of the Algarve region in Portugal originates from the Arabic term "Al-Gharb", which literally translates to "The West".
Some interesting facts too:
• Tariq Ibn Ziyad was the governor of Muslim Spain, also known as al-Andalus. The name sounds very similar to Andalos, an area in Essos where the Andals originated.
• The Muslims of North Africa, Iberia, Sicily and Malta were called Moors. Nymeria's husband was Mors Martell. Maybe I'm scrutinizing this too much, but it's still very interesting.
 

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