Banu Munajjim

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The Banu Munajjim, was a Iranian noble-family which is known from the 9th and 10th centuries. They were descended from the Sasanian dynasty, and were closely related to the Abbasid caliphs by marriage.

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According to Ibn al-Nadim, the Banu Munajjim were descended from Mihr-Gushnasp, the son of the last Sasanian king Yazdegerd III. The Banu Munajjim family is first mentioned in the 9th-century, where the eponymous ancestor of the family, Abu Mansur Munajjim (originally named Aban-Gushnasp), worked at the court of the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur as an astrologer. His son, Yahya ibn al-Munajjim, worked at the Abbasid court under al-Ma'mun, and later converted from Zoroastrianism to Islam. Yahya had four sons named Ali ibn Yahya ibn al-Munajjim, Sa'id ibn Yahya ibn al-Munajjim, Abd-Allah ibn Yahya ibn al-Munajjim, and Hasan ibn Yahya ibn al-Munajjim. These four sons would, like their father, work at the Abbasid court. Ali even befriended the caliph al-Mutawakkil, and his son Yahya ibn Ali ibn al-Munajjim did the same with al-Muwaffaq. One of Ali's other sons, Harun ibn Ali ibn al-Munajjim, also worked at the Abbasid court. Harun had a son named Ali ibn Harun ibn al-Munajjim, who later began serving the Buyids who were the new rulers of Baghdad. Ali's son Harun, is the last known member of the family.

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