To distinguish the wazirs of the Abbasid court, the author provides the example of the Barmakid
family, scrutinizing their extensive authority in different offices of the government in al-Rashid's age.
Early Life Ja'far -- full name Ja'far ibn Yahya Barmaki (yes, that is a bit wordy) -- was born into the very influential and powerful Barmakid
family of Persia.
family was an early supporter of the Abbasid revolt against the Umayyads and of As-Saffah.
He is accompanied by a small group of companions, notably his closest friend Ja'far the Barmakid
, his chief factotum the eunuch Masrur, and the poet and court jester Abu Nuwas.
Abu Nuwas' initial appearance at the `Abbasid court in Baghdad met with little success; his alliance with the Barmakids
, the `Abbasid viziers, forced him to seek refuge in Egypt when the Barmakid
For al-Mansur's administrative developments, see Hugh Kennedy, "The Barmakid
Revolution in Islamic Government.
70): the fact that there still lived members of the Barmakid
family in Yemen at that time (pp.
Finally, al-Azdi once again lifts his eyes from al-Tabari's text, postponing for a few lines al-Hadi's pilgrimage (viii) in favour of material of local interest: an account concerning the governor of Mosul (the Muhallabid Khalid ibn Yazid), (42) mention of its qadi (Abd Allah ibn Khalil), and the death of Yahya ibn Khalid the Barmakid
, whose father governed the city during the reign of al-Mansur.
Al-Tabari clearly manipulates his textual evidence to prove the former case, and is greatly helped by an influential Barmakid
tradition making the same point.
subset]]Ubayd Allah, has him query a colleague about the reasons for al-Rashid's destruction of the Barmakid
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.
Background of the Barmakids
," in Islam and Tibet: Interactions