Abbassides

Abb′assides
(3 syl.).

A dynasty of caliphs who reigned from 750–1258. The name is derived from Abbas, uncle of Mahomet. The most celebrated of them was Haroun-al-Raschid (born 765, reigned 786–808).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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