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Barīd, literally a post horse or any other mount, and metonymically, a mounted courier, a post stage, and the distance between two post stages, and hence a unit of length. Essentially, it was a messenger service with agents that delivered messages from a central authority (e.g. the caliph) containing official orders and decrees to the provinces, who in turn sent back reports on the local state of affairs.

A General Description of the Barīd

Modern scholars (be they Westerners, Persians, or Arabs) usually…

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Janis Esots, “Barīd”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000082>
First published online: 2015

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