Thursday, December 11, 2003

Islamic History --- a correction

Letter to Dawn published on December 11, 2003

I want to point out a factual error in Professor Anwar Syed’s otherwise well-written and readable article “Interfaith dialogue” (Dawn, Dec 7).

The great Abbasid caliph Al-Mamun’s name was not Mamun Al-Rashid, as mentioned in the article. It was Abdullah Al-Mamun. Abdullah was his given name and Al-Mamun was the title he assumed on becoming caliph, a practice followed by all the caliphs of the Abbasid dynasty.

Al-Rashid was the title of Al-Mamun’s father, the famous Harun Al-Rashid of the Arabian Nights.


New York

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