Harun might have made a grab for the throne but instead he stuck to his father's will: he, his mother Khayzuran and Yahya the Barmakid
paid off the military (who always saw a succession as an opportunity to make financial demands) and safe guarded Hadi's succession.
Al-Hadi is seen as favoring the military at the expense of the bureaucracy, and the Barmakid
Yayhya ibn Khalid appears as the leading representative of the latter.
One story, preserved by al-Jahshiyari, and collected by al-Tanukhi, places Yahya in the company of the Barmakids
ur.der Harun al-Rashid.
Beginning in Baghdad, it looks at the local tradition: Mada'in, the rise of the Mu'tazila, the time following the fall of the Barmakids
, divided empire, and civil war.
Among them are discussions of the cities Baghdad and Basra and of important people such as al-Baqullani in theology, the three brothers called the Banu Musa in the sciences, the Abbasid chancellor family Barmakids
, and Batazid Bastami in the mystical tradition.
A complete list of the articles in this volume is as follows: Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, 'Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions--An Introduction'; Anna Akasoy, 'Tibet in Islamic Geography and Cartography: A Survey of Arabic and Persian Sources'; Kevin van Bladel, 'The Bactrian Background of the Barmakids
'; Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani, 'Iran to Tibet'; Dan Martin, 'Greek and Islamic Medicines' Historical Contact with Tibet: A Reassessment in View of Recently Available but Relatively Early Sources on Tibetan Medical Eclecticism'; Anya King, 'Tibetan Musk and Medieval Arab Perfumery'; Christopher I.
On the same subject, al-Sharq newspaper, another independent daily, published an editorial entitled 'Arab Barmakids
' by Editor-in-Chief Abdul Rasoul.
The capital was shift ed from Damascus to the newly built city of Baghdad and the administration was placed in the hands of a loyal and competent family, the Barmakids
Baghdad was a party town, and some of the most sumptuous entertainments were laid on by the Barmakids
, a family whose name became synonymous with openhanded generosity.
van Bladel, "The Bactrian Background of the Barmakids
," in Islam and Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes, ed.
99, based on this selection, he says that they "constituted something of a sect with a unique status (the most outstanding of whom, were, of course, the Barmakids
)." How he extrapolates from this to label them a sect is somewhat baffling.
Thus, the idealized image of the ascetic, ghazi-caliph whose fate is so intricately and tragically bound up with that of the Barmakids
"was contrived long after the caliph's death to serve ideals and social interests that prevailed in the later ninth century" (p.