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Abd-ar-rahman IV

In the agony of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain, two princes of the house were proclaimed caliphs for a very short time, Abd-ar-rahman IV Mortada (1017), and Abd-ar-rahman V Mostadir (1023-1024).

Both were the mere puppets of factions, who deserted them at once. Abd-ar-rahman IV was murdered in the year in which he was proclaimed, at Guadiz, when fleeing from a battle in which he had been deserted by his supporters. Abd-ar-rahman V was proclaimed caliph in December 1023 at Cordova, and murdered in January 1024 by a mob of unemployed workmen, headed by one of his own cousins.

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