Harun al-Rashid facts for kids
Gold dinar of Harun al-Rashid
|5th Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate|
|Reign||14 September 786 – 24 March 809|
|Born||17 March 766
Rey, Jibal, Abbasid Caliphate
(in present-day Tehran Province, Iran)
|Died||24 March 809
Tus, Khorasan, Abbasid Caliphate
(in present-day Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran)
|Burial||Tomb of Harun al-Rashid in Imam Reza Mosque, Mashhad, Iran|
Harun al-Rashid (also: Haroon al-Rasheed), was a caliph in what is now Iran, reigned from 786 to 809. He has become an icon of the Islamic golden age. He appears in many stories as a wise ruler, who often disguised himself as a peasant in order to walk amongst the people in Baghdad to find out how they lived and how he could improve their situation. His legacy has been cemented through his representation in the Arabian Nights.
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A silver dirham minted in Madinat al-Salam (Bagdad) in 170 AH (786 CE). At the reverse, the inner marginal inscription says: "By order of the slave of God, Harun, Commander of the Faithful"
Harun al-Rashid receiving a delegation sent by Charlemagne at his court in Baghdad. 1864 painting by Julius Köckert.
Harun al-Rashid as depicted in the Arabian Nights.
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