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Abbasid Caliphate

The Abbasid Caliphate (749-1258) was the third of the Islamic Caliphates of the Islamic Empire, after overthrowing the Umayyad caliphs from all but Al Andalus.

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Connected Sites

  • Ancient Merv: AB: "Numerous major events and personalities of historic importance have been associated with Merv. These include Abu Muslim, who initiated the Abbasid revolution..."
  • Bukhara: Tomb of the Samanids (early 10th century)
  • Historic Cairo: Ibn Tulun Mosque (870-879), the oldest surviving mosque in Egypt. Its minaret was modelled after the one in Samarra. Link
  • Masjed-e J├óme': initiated under the reign of al-Mo'tasem the Abbasid (AB ev)
  • Samarra: Its capital from 836-892, several surviving buildings including the spiral minaret
  • Shibam: Great Mosque of Shibam (The presence of red baked bricks, typical of ninth century Abbasid construction, point to reconstruction efforts during the reign of Caliph Harun al-Rashid) - see link Link
  • Toledo: Mosque of Bab Mardum (999), built under authority of the Abbasid Caliph. A small square mosque typical of the period. Later turned into a church (Cristo de la Luz)

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