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Harun al-Rashid Prison

Harun al-Rashid Prison
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Copyright: Fardad Ghanei (Fardad) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 10] (220)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-20
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Sigma DC 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 Macro, Sigma Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 9:22
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Harun al-Rashid - Arabic & Persian : هارون الرشید
5'th and most famous Abbasid caliph (786-809).His empire included all SW Asia and the northern part of Africa. He had diplomatic relations with China and with Charlemagne. The most famous incident of his career was the fall of the Barmakids , a Persian family that had become very powerful. Yahya, a Barmakid, had aided Harun in obtaining the caliphate, and he and his sons were in high favor until 798, when the caliph threw them in prison and confiscated their land; the reasons for this are not known, but it was probably a result of an extended intrigue by the Arab group at court. Harun was repeatedly faced with insurrections in his empire. These grew more frequent after the fall of the Barmakids, who were adroit statesmen. After this Harun's prime minister was Fazl ibn-Rabi. Harun was a munificent patron of letters and of arts, and under him Baghdad was at its apogee. He became a great figure to the Persians & Arabs, who tell about him in many of the stories of the Thousand and One Nights

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