For al-Mansur's administrative developments, see Hugh Kennedy, "The Barmakid
Revolution in Islamic Government.
The Barmakid family was an early supporter of the Abbasid revolt against the Umayyads and of As-Saffah.
Praising the government and people of the United Arab Emirates as "Arab Barmakids," Abdul Rasoul said that they were the first to share both happiness and sorrow with the Iraqi people.
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.
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.
subset]]Ubayd Allah, has him query a colleague about the reasons for al-Rashid's destruction of the Barmakid
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.
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
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.
These three volumes do contain some very readable and interesting narratives about major topics, such as the fail of the Barmakids
or the institution of the mihna.