Barmecides sentence example
- BARMECIDES, more accurately Barmakids, a noble Persian family which attained great power under the Abbasid caliphs.
- Barmak, the head of that celebrated family the Barmecides, which played so important a part in the reign of Harun al-Rashid.
- Khalid, to whose care he had been entrusted, suffered him to escape, and that this was the real cause of Harun's anger against the Barmecides (q.v.).
- It was in the beginning of the following year, at the very moment when the Barmecides thought their position most secure, that Harun brought sudden ruin upon them.
- The following day, his father Yahya, his brother Facll, and all the other Barmecides were arrested and imprisoned; all their property was confiscated.Advertisement
- As long as the Barmecides were in office, he acted only on their direction.
- employed with success by Harun al-Rashid after the disgrace of the Barmecides, and occasionally by his successors, but Wathiq was the first to imprison high officials and fine them heavily on the specific charge of peculation.
- The 'expression "Barmecide Feast," to denote an imaginary banquet, is drawn from one of the tales ("The Barber's Tale of his Sixth Brother") in the Arabian Nights, in which a series of empty dishes is served up to a hungry man to test his sense of humour by one of the Barmecides (see edition by L.
- The office of vizier, which spread from the Arabs to the Persians, Turks, Mongols, and other Oriental peoples, arose under the first Abbasid caliphs (see Mahommedan Institutions, and Caliphate, C § I) and took shape during its tenure by the Barmecides.
- The causes of their disgrace have been differently stated by the annalists (see BARMEcIDES).Advertisement