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House of Abbas

The Legacy of Harun Al-Rashid

Ali Telmesani


76 pages / Published: 2018


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Nineth century Baghdad. Al-Amin, son of the great Abbasid caliph, Harun al-Rashid, now reigns over the powerful and most prosperous empire in the history of Islam.

Under the rule of his father, the Islamic Golden Age was at its zenith - a time of unprecedented scientific, religious and artistic prosperity. But the burden of maintaining his father’s vast empire weighs heavy upon the reckless al-Amin.

His stately and learned half-brother, al-Ma'mun, has suffered witnessing the degradation of the House of Abbas at the hands of the careless new caliph.

What was once an intimate, fraternal bond may soon untether, jeopardising the legacy of Harun al-Rashid and threatening to tear a once glorious empire apart from the inside out.

Written in pentameter, House of Abbas is an ambitious verse play that unapologetically conjures the spectre of a true Shakespearean tragedy.


Ali Telmesani


Saudi Arabia


Ali Telmesani is a poet, playwright, songwriter and film-maker. Ali formally began studying creative writing during his Undergraduate studies in English Literature at the University of Connecticut. Having developed a keen interest in Islamic philosophy, Sufi metaphysics and literature, Ali completed an MA in Islamic Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California before earning his second MA in Creative Writing at Swansea University in South Wales. Along with producing a collection of short stories for his creative thesis, Ali has published several poems in literary journals and founded his own, The Gull, with a colleague at Swansea University. In between his studies, he pursued a career as a composer and musician in Amherst, Massachusetts. Most recently, Ali founded Whetstone Center for the Arts in Jeddah, KSA, where he teaches music and creative writing.

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"information is interesting"

2019-04-01 03:29:54

It’s a book good for young people who are ready to acquire information that are more advanced that the ones that they are used to reading. the information is interesting, making food for thoughts for these young learners. I gave the book as a present to my daughter who thoroughly enjoying it.

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"Love this book "

2019-04-22 03:28:51

Love this book it's quite detailed and my kids can easily understand them. Should try a role play!

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"highly recommend"

2019-03-27 04:27:55

This book is a short/quick read but very entertaining and informative. Would highly recommend.

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