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Abbasid Dynasty, Role in Law 

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World: Digital Collection
Mathieu TillierMathieu Tillier

The Abbasids (750–1258 c.e.) seized power after a “revolution” that broke out in Khorāsān (Eastern Iran) in 747, under the leadership of Abū Muslim, and defeated the armies of the Umayyad caliph Marwan II. In 749, Abū l-ʿAbbās al-Saffāḥ, a descendant of one of the Prophet’s uncles, was proclaimed caliph in Kufa (Iraq). The new dynasty settled in Iraq, first in various localities collectively known as al-Hāshimiyya and later in Baghdad, the new capital founded in 762 by the second Abbasid caliph, al-Manṣūr (r. 754–775).... ...

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