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Barmakids

(bär`məkĭdz') or

Barmecides

(bär`məsīdz'), Persian-descended religious family from KhorasanKhorasan
or Khurasan
, region and former province (1991 pop. 6,013,200), c.125,000 sq mi (323,750 sq km), NE Iran. Mashhad is the chief city; other cities include Sabzevar, Bojnurd, and Neyshabur. It is mainly mountainous and arid.
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. They served as viziers to the AbbasidAbbasid
or Abbaside
, Arab family descended from Abbas, the uncle of Muhammad. The Abbasids held the caliphate from 749 to 1258, but they were recognized neither in Spain nor (after 787) W of Egypt.
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 caliphs in the 8th cent. Khalid ibn Barmak, d. 782?, supported the revolution that brought about Abbasid rule. He was given certain ministerial powers, such as tax collecting and control over the army; later, he was appointed governor of FarsFars
or Farsistan
, province (1991 pop. 3,543,828), c.51,500 sq mi (133,400 sq km), SW Iran. Shiraz is the capital and chief city, located in an oasis occupying a valley c.6 mi (10 km) wide and 20 mi (32 km) long. The province is largely mountainous.
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 and governor of Tabaristan. Yahya, d. 805, son of Khalid, became secretary to the caliph's son, Harun ar-RashidHarun ar-Rashid
[Arab.,=Aaron the Upright], c.764–809, 5th and most famous Abbasid caliph (786–809). He succeeded his brother Musa al-Hadi, fourth caliph, a year after the death of his father, Mahdi, the third caliph.
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. Yahya and Harun were imprisoned by the caliph's successor, Musa al-Hadi, who died soon afterward. Harun became caliph and made Yahya chief administrator. Yahya's sons, Jafar, d. 803, and al-Fadl, d. 808, also became administrators during the reign of Harun. Jafar headed various interior departments. Al-Fadl eventually assumed his father's central duties and was appointed governor of Khorasan. However, by 800 the Barmakids' power and status were rapidly declining. Jafar was executed in 803; Yahya and al-Fadl died in prison.
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The central figure in every one of them is the Barmakid Yahya ibn Khalid.
The sense of imminent danger is considerably heightened by the next report, in which al-Khayzuran makes her first appearance in the Barmakid version.
Al-Khayzuran, who here makes a second intervention in the Barmakid version, let Yahya know that al-Hadi was definitely dying.
All the reports in this Barmakid version place Yahya himself at the very center of the prolonged succession crisis.
The Barmakid version says explicitly that Harun and Yahya were both staying at the Khuld palace in Baghdad.
But both have in common with al-Tabari's Barmakid material the same unquestioned assumption that, short of killing him, Yahya ibn Khalid was an insuperable barrier to al-Hadi's plans for the succession.
subset]]qubi tells the story of Yahya ibn Khalid's arrest and imprisonment and it would not in fact be too difficult to harmonize his version of the succession crisis with al-Tabari's Barmakid version.
Despite the unexplained appearance of Harthama in this report, it preserves what, for al-Tabari, is the main point of the Barmakid version.
One story, preserved by al-Jahshiyari, and collected by al-Tanukhi, places Yahya in the company of the Barmakids ur.
subset]]Ubayd Allah or his partisans, to link him to the legacy of the Barmakids.
Surely some indication of this would have been given as, for example, in the case of the Barmakids.
Regarding the Barmakids, Bosworth, "Abu Hafs," 269-70 (and see n.