from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- See Harun al-Rashid.
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It was inaugurated in the Holy Land by Charlemagne, who secured from the celebrated Caliph Haroun al-Raschid a sort of share in his sovereignty over the Holy Places of Jerusalem.
You're on the right lines, thinks I, and closed my eyes, reflecting on what a delightful time of it Haroun al-Raschid must have had, and wondering if he'd ever become bored and yearned for the life of a jolly waggoner or productive farm labour in the open air.