What does “Reinos de Taifas” mean?
The “Reinos de Taifas” or “Taifas” were the small autonomous regions that were shaping the territory of the Iberian Peninsula. The first period of Taifas started after the abolition of the Umayyad Caliphate in the tenth century. The Taifas were independent of each other, with all the infrastructure needed to protect themselves, like proper kingdoms.
The traditional expression “Reinos de Taifas” refers to the fact that these regions were excessively structured for their actual needs and thus inefficiently organised.