- Title: VIZIER: An entry from Charles Scribner's Sons' Europe, 1450 to 1789: An Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World
- Author: VIRGINIA H. AKSAN
- Released: 0000-00-00
- Pages: 0
- ASIN: B001UICWWK
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The Perso-Turkish word vizier (also "vezir," or "vizier") originates in the Arabic wazīr, and appears in the Koranic verse "We gave Moses the book and made his brother Aaron his wazīr," (Koran, chapter XXV: 35), denoting a helper. Viziers quickly assumed the role of second-in-command in early Islamic history, the most famous among the Abbasids being the Barmakid family of advisers and secretaries under Caliph Harun al-Rashid (786–809)....