American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Harun al-Rashid 763?-809. Caliph of Baghdad (786-809) noted for his participation in the Muslim holy war against the Byzantines and for the splendor of his court.
“The Caliph Harun al-Rashid loved the Lady Zubaydah with exceeding love and laid out for her a pleasaunce, wherein he made a great tank and set thereabouts a screen of trees and led thither water from all sides; hence the trees grew and interlaced over the basin so densely, that one could go in and wash, without being seen of any, for the thickness of the leafage.”
“Palace of Pleasure and the Pavilion of Pictures, the whole belonging to the Caliph Harun al-Rashid who was wont, when his breast was straitened with care, to frequent garden and palace and there to sit.”
“They relate, O King of the age and lord of the time and of these days, that the Caliph Harun al-Rashid summoned his Wazir”
“The Caliph Harun al-Rashid once slept with three slave-girls, a”
“It is told that Harun al-Rashid was sitting one day on the throne of the Caliphate, when there came in to him a youth of his eunuchry, bearing a crown of red gold, set with pearls and rubies and all manner of other gems and jewels, such as money might not buy; and, bussing the ground between his hands, said, O”
“It is related that the Commander of the Faithful, Harun al-Rashid was uneasy326 one night and could not sleep; so that he ceased not to toss from side to side for very restlessness, till, growing weary of this, he called Masrur and said to him,”
“The Caliph Harun al-Rashid went up one noon-tide to his couch, to lie down; and mounting, found upon the bed-clothes semen freshly emitted; whereat he was startled and troubled with sore trouble.”
“The Caliph Harun al-Rashid lay one night between two slave-girls, one from Al – Medinah and the other from Cufa and the Cufite rubbed his hands, whilst the Medinite rubbed his feet and made his concern115 stand up.”
“Abassides, till after Harun al-Rashid (d. 809), do not seem to have seriously disturbed their Jewish subjects; during that time, the”
“The Caliph Harun al-Rashid every night cometh down Tigris stream in his state-barge186 and with him one crying aloud:”
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