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Mashhad is a major Shi'ite city in the province of Khorāsān. The city is known for housing the shrine of Imām Alī ar-Ridā (poisoned in 818 CE) and the burial site of caliph Hārūn ar-Rashīd (died in 809 CE). In 1220, the Mongols attacked the city, but after the fall of the ancient cities of Tūs and Nishapur it regained importance.
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