Many historians agree that Walid was indeed a despot and a tyrant. But they also agree that he was more humane than his father Abdul Malik or his grandfather Merwan, which is clear from his building of hospitals, schools, orphanages, and elderly houses.
He died in 715 leaving behind a legacy that hardly any of his successor lived up to.
Muir writes, “From the borders of China and the banks of Indus to the Atlantic, his word was law.” At another place he writes, “the era of al-Walid was glorious both as home and abroad.”
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