Quarry the granite rock with razors, or moor the vessel with a thread of silk; then may you hope with such keen and delicate instruments as human knowledge and human reason to contend against those giants, the passion and the pride of man. — John Cardinal Newman

Harun Al-Rashid: Caliph of Bagdad - Gabriel Audisio



This biography of Harun al-Rashid, the greatest Caliph of the early Abbasid empire, was based on Masudi's account. It recounts the rise of Harun under the guidance of his ambitious mother, the fall of the powerful Barmecide family, the height of Harun's power, his relations with surrounding empires, and the tragedies attending his later years.

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Harun al Rashid and Jafar
HARUN AL-RASHID FEASTING WITH HIS FAVORITE JAFAR, AND BOON COMPANIONS.


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