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 (bär′mĭ-sīd′l) also Bar·me·cide (bär′mĭ-sīd′)
Plentiful or abundant in appearance only; illusory: a Barmecidal feast.

[After Barmecide, , a nobleman in The Arabian Nights, who served an imaginary feast to a beggar.]


(ˈbɑːmɪˌsaɪd) or


lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; sham: a Barmecide feast.
[C18: from the name of a prince in The Arabian Nights who served empty plates to beggars, alleging that they held sumptuous food]
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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.
The Barmakid 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 dynasty collapsed.
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 family.
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