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The Barmakid family of wazīrs and administrators, non-Arabs originating from Balkh, in Tukhāristān, provided the first five ʿAbbāsid caliphs with trusted support, companionship, education, and advice and were in charge of many major affairs of state, administrative offices, and …

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van Bladel, Kevin, “Barmakids”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 05 December 2016 <>
First published online: 2012

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