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(“pearl”), a noun often given as proper name to a person of servile origin, a guard or an officer or a leader of a special body of g̲h̲ulāms [q.v.] in the service of a prince. Thus a Luʾluʾ was the g̲h̲ulām of Aḥmad b. Ṭūlūn (al-Masʿūdī, Murūd̲j̲ , viii, 69 = § 319b); a Luʾluʾ was chief of police in Bag̲h̲dād in 324/935-6 (Miskawayh, i, 351); another was governor of Ḥimṣ for the Ik̲h̲s̲h̲īd, and it was he who was to capture al-Mutanabbī when the latter proclaimed himself a prophet and attracted a numerous following of partisans in the Syrian desert (Ibn K̲h̲allikān, ed. Būlāḳ, 1299, i, 44).

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Canard, M., “Luʾluʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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