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Harun al-Rashid
هَارُون الرَشِيد
Amir al-Mu'minin
Gold dinar of Harun al-Rashid, AH 170-193.jpg
Gold dinar of Harun al-Rashid
5th Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate
Reign 14 September 786 – 24 March 809
Predecessor al-Hadi
Successor al-Amin
Born 17 March 766
Rey, Jibal, Abbasid Caliphate
(in present-day Tehran Province, Iran)
Died 24 March 809(809-03-24) (aged 46)
Tus, Khorasan, Abbasid Caliphate
(in present-day Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran)
Burial Tomb of Harun al-Rashid in Imam Reza Mosque, Mashhad, Iran
Full name
Harun ar-Rashid ibn Muhammad al-Mahdi
House Abbasid
Father al-Mahdi
Mother al-Khayzuran
Religion Sunni Islam

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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