Abbasid dynasty

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بنو عباس‎
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Parent familyBanu Hashim of the Quraysh
CountryAbbasid Caliphate
Mamluk Sultanate
Place of originMecca, Arabia
TitlesCaliph (Abbasid Caliphate)
Sultan (Mamluk Sultanate)
(733 years older)

The Abbasid dynasty (Arabic: بَنُو عبَّاسُ, romanizedBanū Abbās, lit.'Sons of Abbas') or the Abbasids (Arabic: العباسيون, romanizedal-Abbāsīyyūn) were the ruling family of the Caliphate between 750 and 1258. They were descended from Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib of the Banu Hashim clan. The cadet branch of dynasty also ruled as ceremonial rulers for the Mamluk Sultanate as Caliph (1261–1517). The Abbasid Caliphate is divided into three main periods: Early Abbasid era (750–861), Middle Abbasid era (861–936) and Later Abbasid era (936–1258).


Family tree depicting the ancestry of the Abbasid dynasty

The Abbasids descended from Abbas, one of Muhammad's companions (as well as his uncle) and one of the early Qur'an scholars.[1] Therefore, their roots trace back to Hashim ibn 'Abd Manaf and also Adnan in the following line:Al-‘Abbas ibn Abdul-Muttalib ibn Hashim ibn Abd Manaf ibn Qusai[2] ibn Kilab ibn Murrah ibn Ka'b ibn Lu'ay ibn Ghalib ibn Fihr ibn Malik ibn An-Nadr ibn Kinanah ibn Khuzaima ibn Mudrikah ibn Ilyas ibn Mudar ibn Nizar ibn Ma'add ibn Adnan.[3]

Notable member[edit]

  • Abu'l-Abbas al-Saffah, the first caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate
  • Abu Ja'far Abdallah ibn Muhammad al-Mansur, the second Abbasid Caliph[4]
  • Al-Mahdi third Abbasid caliph (r. October 775 – 24 July 785) was the most influential Abbasid Caliph. He also promoted Art and science in the Islamic Caliphate.
  • Al-Hadi, (r. 785–786) was an Abbasid caliph. He very open to the people of his empire and allowed citizens to visit him in the palace at Baghdad to address him. As such, he was considered an enlightened ruler.
  • Harun al-Rashid, fifth Abbasid caliph (r. 786–809) rule is traditionally regarded to be the height of Islamic Golden Age's power. He established the legendary library Bayt al-Hikma ("House of Wisdom") in Baghdad and during his rule Baghdad began to flourish as a world center of knowledge, culture and trade.
  • Al-Amin, (r. 809–813) sixth Abbasid caliph, son of Harun al-Rashid and Zubaidah.
  • Al-Ma'mun, (r. 813–833) was an Abbasid caliph, he was well educated and with a considerable interest in scholarship, al-Ma'mun promoted the Translation Movement, he was also an astronomer.
  • Al-Mu'tasim, (833–842) was an Abbasid caliph, patron of the art and a powerful military leader.
  • Al-Wathiq, (r. 842–847) was an Abbasid caliph, he was well educated and with a considerable interest in scholarship.
  • Al-Mutawakkil, (r. 847–861) was the tenth Abbasid caliph, under his reign the Abbasid Empire reached its territorial height.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'Abd Allah ibn al-'Abbas". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. I: A-Ak - Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, Illinois: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2010. pp. 16. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Karen (2001). Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet. Phoenix. p. 66. ISBN 0946621330.
  3. ^ Ibn Ishaq; Guillaume (1955). The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ibn Isḥāq's sīrat. London. p. 3. ISBN 0195778286. The Paternal Ancestral Lineage of Prophet Muhammad
  4. ^ Axworthy, Michael (2008). A History of Iran. Basic Books. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-465-00888-9. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  • People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII edited by A. Hasan & J. C. Das page 285
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bheesty" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 845.